Minnesota Protects Bees

In an order issued by Governor Dayton, Minnesota has become the first State to limit use of neonicotinoid insecticides suspected to be central in the worrisome bee decline.
For a major farm State like Minnesota to make such a major move signals a refreshing shift in priorities. Jim

“Minnesota‚Äôs governor on Friday ordered the broadest restrictions yet in a US state on the use of agricultural pesticides that have been blamed for hurting bees, fuelling concerns that farmers there will not be able to protect crops from insects…

“Honey bees have been in serious decline in the US for three decades, threatening billions of dollars in crops. In recent years, their death rate has become economically unsustainable, according to the government…

“Honey bees pollinate plants that produce about a quarter of the food consumed by Americans…

Restrictions on neonicotinoids come two years after the European Union limited use of the chemicals, made and sold by companies including Bayer CropScience and Syngenta, after research pointed to the risks for bees.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/aug/27/plan-bee-minnesota-sets-broad-limits-on-chemicals-blamed-for-bee-decline