In 2014, The MN legislature passed a law that made it unlawful for a nursery or plant seller to label a plant as "pollinator friendly" if it contained any detectable amount of bee harming neonicotinoids. In 2015 this law was amended to allow the labeling of plants as "pollinator friendly" if it contained the EPA acceptable level of neonicotinoids.
Studies clearly show that the EPA acceptable level is indeed harmful to bees and other pollinators.
- Now we have a chance to have this law changed back to the 2014 writing. But time is crucial - this needs to go to hearing by the end of this week.
Please copy and paste this message - or send one of your own to Senator Dan Sparks.
Dear Senator Sparks,
Please give SF 3074 a Senate Hearing. This is a most important amendment to protect bees and other pollinators from the devastating effects of neonicotinoid insecticides. The current law does not protect bees from the effects of the class of pesticides that is implicated in the global decline of pollinator populations. Minnesota beekeepers lost 52% of their colonies last year, and the population of wild bees in Minnesota has declined rapidly. Further, the current labeling law misleads consumers who may be unwittingly harming the pollinators they seek to protect.