Tell your legislators: Ban bee-killing pesticides in Vermont!

Bees are dying at alarming rates – largely due to neonicotinoid pesticides.

Now, Vermont has a chance to lead the country in saving bees from these pesticides. The state legislature is considering a bill to ban consumer use of these chemicals. We need your help to make sure it passes!

Research confirms that neonics kill and harm bees and other pollinators, like butterflies and birds. This poses a serious threat to our food supply, public health and environment. After all, bees are responsible for one in three bites of food we eat.

And our state’s bees are dying at an alarming rate — Vermont beekeepers lost an average of 48 percent of their bees last year, which is higher than the national average.

With Donald Trump in the White House and Scott Pruitt in charge of the EPA, we’re facing an uphill battle to ban these pesticides at the federal level. But Vermont’s bees can’t wait – they need us to take action now. So we need your help to stop the bee crisis in our state!

Connecticut and Maryland have already passed similar measures. Vermont could help set an example for the rest of the country by passing this critical piece of legislation.

The committee where this bill sits only has until March 2nd to advance it. In the past two years, this committee has not advanced similar legislation. We can’t let legislators continue to drag their feet. 
Tell your legislator to be bold and save bees by passing H.688 to ban bee-killing pesticides!

This will generate emails to each of the members of the Agriculture and Forestry Committe(see list below).

We encourgage you to personalize the subject and the body of your message to reflect your commitment to protecting pollinators. Doing so also helps maximize each message's impact.

Committe Members

Rep. Carolyn W. Partridge, Chair

Rep. Richard Lawrence, Vice Chair

Rep. John L. Bartholomew, Ranking Member

Rep. Thomas Bock

Rep. Susan Buckholz

Rep. Rodney Graham

Rep. Mark Higley

Rep. Philip Jay Hooper

Rep. Terry Norris

Rep. Paul N. Poirier

Rep. Harvey Smith

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