20,000 sign petition against bee-killing pesticides | Regional News
BOSTON – With bee colonies in distress, grassroots support appears to be growing for legislative intervention. Environment Massachusetts on Wednesday announced that 20,000 Massachusetts residents had signed petitions that are being delivered to every legislator asking for the use of pesticides known as neonicotinoids to be restricted.
“Virtually every one of my colleagues in the Legislature has heard from residents who understand the gravity and urgency of the threats to pollinator health,” Rep. Carolyn Dykema, D-Holliston, said in a statement.
According to Environment Massachusetts, bees pollinate 71 of the 100 most common food crops in the world, including popular Massachusetts crops like apples, pumpkins, cranberries, and blueberries. Dykema and Sen. Jamie Eldridge, D-Acton, have filed bills (H 763, S 463) targeting pesticide use, with Eldridge asserting that neonicotinoids “are destroying honey bee colonies across the planet and threatening the health of our ecosystems.”
The Legislature is not in a hurry to tackle the issue – the bills were filed in January but have not been scheduled for a hearing yet before the Environment Committee chaired by Sen. Anne Gobi and Rep. Smitty Pignatelli.