New Hampshire considers ban on pesticides some claim are toxic to bees

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New Hampshire lawmakers on [February 12] will take up a proposal to ban most uses of pesticides that are toxic to bees. The House bill comes from second-term Nashua Democrat Catherine Sofikitis.

It would ban the use and sale in the state of insecticides and treated seeds that fall under four chemical classes: neonicotinoids (also known as neonics), sulfoxamines, butenolides and phenyl-pyrazoles.

Chemicals within these groups have been linked – along with certain viruses and parasites – to global honeybee colony collapse disorder and other risks to bees and other pollinators, which are vital to growing food and other plants.

[Editor’s note: For more on pesticides and bee health, Read: With the ‘bee crisis’ fading and European farmers fearing an insect invasion, EU’s neonicotinoid ban fiasco stumbles into the New Year]

Related article:  Book review: 'The Lives of Bees' offers 14 tips to help keep honeybees healthy and pollinating our crops

If the bill passes, New Hampshire would become one of just a handful of states – including Connecticut – that have some kind of ban on pesticides thought to be toxic to bees.

Read full, original article: Proposed Ban On ‘Bee-Toxic Pesticides’ Buzzes Into State Legislature

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