"A type of pesticide many beekeepers blame for mass bee die-offs would come under tighter regulation under a bill filed in the Massachusetts legislature in January.
"I believe this is a responsible attempt to limit the amount of these pesticides in the environment, while recognizing the need to use these chemicals responsibly in agriculture," said state Rep. Carolyn Dykema, D-Holliston, the bill's main sponsor. "When they're used judiciously and properly, we can mitigate the impact on pollinators."
Over the past decade, pesticides containing a classification of chemicals called neonicotinoids have come under mounting suspicion by beekeepers, who have reported high death rates among their honeybees. Nationally, annual honey bee losses have averaged around 30 percent over the past 10 years, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture."
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And from December 2016, some may recall this post:
via Ed Szymanski
"Collapse", the Chronicle show about honey bees (yes, I'm in it) will be re-aired this Friday night, Ch. 5, 7:30 PM.
It's a great show talking about the troubles bees face and what is being done.
Not just saying that because I'm part of it."
|screen grab of the Chronicle intro|
If you are out and about on Friday, here are links to view the video segments from the WCVB 5 archives
http://www.wcvb.com/.../chronicle-make-your.../41787062 (Ed is in this one!)
|screen grab of bees from the Chronicle show|
For more about Neonicotinoids https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neonicotinoid
And "Beyond Pesticides" http://www.beyondpesticides.org/programs/bee-protective-pollinators-and-pesticides/chemicals-implicated
For more about Ed http://www.pchman.com/