New York Example on How to Ban Neonicotinoids From Our Environment - Dan Raichel-NRDC

Episode #8

BREAKING NEWS! Neonicotinoids banned in New York State  The New York State Legislature has passed the Birds and Bees Protection Act, which limits the use of neonicotinoid pesticides, commonly referred to as neonics. This bill is the first of its kind in the United States and aims to reduce the use of neonic coatings on corn, soybean, and wheat seeds, as well as lawn and garden uses.  

Neonics are known to have a devastating impact on pollinators such as bees and birds, and have been linked to negative impacts on human health and the environment. The pesticides are believed to have caused massive bee and bird losses, contaminated water and soil, and created human health concerns.  

The new bill eliminates 80-90% of neonics entering New York's environment on a yearly basis and has gained support from a wide range of environmental, health, garden, social justice, and farm groups.  The bill still permits the use of neonics for invasive species treatments, but this is expected to eliminate 80-90% of neonics entering New York's environment each year.

While the Birds & Bees Protection Act does not go as far as Europe's total outdoor neonic ban, and Canada has largely phased out neonic-coated corn and soybean seeds, it is the first law to address neonic seed coatings in the U.S.  New York farmers will still be able to grow their staple crops while limiting the damage done to the environment, water quality, and pollinators by neonic pesticides.

Supporters of the bill hope it will help protect New York's environment, food security, and agricultural economy.  The New York State Legislature's decision to regulate neonic pesticides is a significant move forward in promoting sustainable agriculture and protecting the environment.  If you have any questions about this issue, tune in to my podcast where I will interview a lawyer.

For more information, please check the press release:


Listen to our Podcast Episode where I interview Dan Raichel one of the lawyers behind this important bill.


Watch the interview on YouTube.