Maryland is about to become the first state in the nation to pass strict restrictions pesticides kill bees.
Maryland lost more than 60% of their hives last year, each hive containing up to 20,000 bees, so it is one of the states with the largest drop. This is higher than the national average of 42.1% decline bee populations. While states across the country have been seeing losses with the ongoing tragedy of colony collapse disorder, people still use the same pesticides that kill off crucial populations of bees.
The loss of bee populations could have a detrimental effect on food production in our world. If we lose bees and other pollinators, our world could be at risk of collapsing, losing more than a third of our food supply.
The neonicotinoids are a potent class of systemic pesticides that were introduced to agriculture in the 1990s In recent years, these pesticides have been made available to consumers. With the increasing use of consumers of these products, beekeepers have noticed an increase in the death of bees. Neonic products include Knockout Ready-to-Use Grub Killer, Ortho Bug B Gon, and All-in-care roses and flowers.
Although the USDA is not to declare a connection between the death of bees and neonics, EPA is revising the link between varieties of insecticides and disorder colony collapse, however, their results will not be released until 2018.
a large global team of independent scientists created a working group that reviewed 1,121 independent studies and the results concluded that neonics play an important role in the bee population decreases. Because of their findings, the team said in its report that neonics should definitely be restricted.
The Maryland law, also known as the Law on Protection of pollinators, was approved in both upper and lower chambers of the state. You are now ready to be signed into law by Gov. Larry Hogan. The law is set to enter into force in 2018.
Although there have been other states that have tried to curb the use of neonics through the law, no other legislation has come this far. However, a growing list of individual cities and jurisdictions such as Portland and Eugene in Oregon, Seattle and Spokane, Washington, and many more have banned neonics. Maryland is the first completely ban the substance statewide.
The bipartisan legislation would prohibit the use of neonicotinoids consumers every day basting relatives and trees orchards with these deadly pesticides. Farmers and professional gardeners would be exempt from the law.
Del. Anne Healey author of the House version of the bill considers the adoption of this law will be a milestone that could potentially set a standard that other states could follow.
In recent years a number of large companies and retailers including Lowe’s, Home Depot and Whole Foods have made efforts to remove any pesticides kill bees of their stores. France is also moving towards a total ban on bees neonics damage.
The State Department is concerned that the $ 200,000 allocated in the House bill to implement and enforce the law not be enough. It is very likely going to cost more than $ 1 million a year. Maryland amateur gardeners still have the possibility to purchase pesticides banned from out of state or on the Internet making removal more difficult to implement. For this reason, it is important to spread awareness about the lethality of these pesticides.
Although this law may be a small step in the right direction, it is clear that the legislative change can be made. With the growing awareness of the importance of bees, people are beginning to realize that they must take action against these corporate giants. Using the USDA, legislators and citizens must unite to help save the bees and the prohibition of harmful chemicals with potential fatal.