David King: Seeks stricter limits on use of pesticides

Published: 8/17/2017 7:04:36 PM
Seeks stricter limits on use of pesticides

I was glad to read in the Daily Hampshire Gazette about a bill in the Massachusetts Legislature directed at limiting the use of neonicotinoid pesticides (“Stricter regulations for neocotinoid pesticides supported by Valley beekeepers, activists,” Aug. 9).

I was especially gratified the writer mentioned the potential effects of these pesticides on native pollinators, which in some cases contribute more pollination services than non-native honeybees.

The neonicotinoids that sicken bees are lethal to songbirds, wreak havoc with aquatic ecosystems and are implicated in neurological disorders in humans. Since they are systemic pesticides, they cannot be washed off of fruits and vegetables.

Although it is encouraging to see increased attention being given to the risks of to neonicotinoids, there are plenty of other widely used insecticides used in agriculture, horticulture and lawn care that are known to be equally or more dangerous to humans and the environment.

House Bill 2113, “An Act to protect Massachusetts pollinators,” is a great start to protecting the citizens of the commonwealth, including the non-human ones. Hopefully it will lead to stricter limits on the use of other potentially dangerous pesticides.

David King


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