Maryland to Become First State to Ban Bee-Killing Pesticides
Maryland will soon be the first state to issue restrictions regarding bee killing pesticides.
Over 60% of the hives in Maryland were destroyed last year, and each hive contained up to 20,000 honeybees. This marks the highest recorded decline, and it is higher than the national average estimation of 42.1% bee colony decline. The Colony Collapse Disorder has caused serious losses throughout the country, Americans still use the pesticides that kill bees.
Such loss may have negative impact on world’s food production. Without bees and other pollinators, the world is exposed at a risk of collapsing, and we may lose over a third of the food supply.
Neonicotinoids belong to a group of potent systemic pesticides, and they were first used in the 1990s. Lately, these pesticides can be used by anybody. The increased use of these pesticides is the reason why devastating number of bees die every year. Experts agree that neonic products like Knockout Ready-to-Use Grub Killer, Ortho Bug B Gon, and All-In-One Rose & Flower Care should not be removed from the marked,
The USDA did not confirmed the connection between the disappearance of bee colonies and the use of neonics, the EPA is still examining the link between several insecticides and the Colony Collapse Disorder. We will have to wait for the results until 2018.
A huge group of global independent scientists compared 1,121 different independent studies, and the results showed that neonicotinoids sure contribute to the decreased number of bee colonies. Their reported suggested that neonincs should be restricted or even banned from use,
The Maryland legislation, or the Pollinator Protection Act, was passed in both chambers, and the Governor should sign it into a law. This law is supposed to go into effect in 2018.
Many other states did the same effort, but there is still no other legislation. But, Portland and Eugene in Oregon, Seattle and Spokane in Washington, and many other individual cities and jurisdictions have banned the use of neonics. Maryland is the first and only state so far to ban these products on a state level.
Everyday consumers in Maryland will no longer be allowed to use these pesticides in their home gardens. That does not apply to farmers and professional gardeners.
Del. Anne Healey, the author of the House version of the bill, explains that this law will represent a landmark that may set the standard other states should follow.
Recently, many giant companies like Lowe’s, Home Depot, and Whole Foods, did great effort to remove bee-killing pesticides from the shelves of their stores. France is also part of the movement, and they are about to issue a total ban on bee-killing pesticides.
There is a big concern that the $200,000 in the House bill will not be enough to impellent and enforce the law. The estimations go up to $1 million per year. Amateur gardeners will be able to get the banned neonics from out of the state or purchase the products online, which makes the enforcement even more difficult. This is why experts shout lout about the dangers caused by these products.
Maryland may be doing a small step towards the final goal, but it sure is a proof that things can change here. People should understand that bees are important for the mankind, and get the courage to stand strong against corporate giants. Lawmakers and citizens could really use the help of the USDA to save the bees and ban toxic chemicals with deadly effect.
Source: Healthy Holistic Living