The GLP is committed to full transparency. Download and review our Annual Report.

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

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:  Plight of the monarch: Threatened by more than the loss of milkweed food supply

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

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion, and analysis. Click the link above to read the full, original article.
News on human & agricultural genetics and biotechnology delivered to your inbox.
Optional. Mail on special occasions.

Send this to a friend