Tomorrow the Maryland State Senate will hold a vote in committee on the Pollinator Protection Act of 2015, SB 163. The legislation will require nurseries to display a disclosure statement on plants and seeds that are treated with neonicotinoid insecticides and phase-out their over-the-counter sales to retail consumers.
This legislation is critical to the health of the Maryland's ecosystems because, unfortunately, the state cannot rely on the federal regulatory system to protect the natural resources of the state, specifically bees, butterflies, and birds. According to reports, in the winter of 2012-2013, close to 60 percent of managed honey bee hives in the state of Maryland collapsed, nearly twice the 30% national average at the time, which itself is unsustainable. In the 2013-2014 winter, the state’s massive hive losses continued, with nearly 50% lost, according to the state’s chief apiary inspector.
The simple steps that are advanced through the bill will help to reverse the decline of pollinators.
Please use the form below to contact your State Senator and urge them to support the Pollinator Protection Act of 2015!