Date: 4/26/18 1:38 pm From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...> Subject: [MASSBIRD] H.4041, An Act protecting Massachusetts pollinators - your support needed!
H.4041, an Act protecting Massachusetts pollinators, is before the state legislature this year.
You can find details herehttp://www.carolyndykema.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/H.4041-Pollinator-Health-Fact-Sheet.pdf . This bill restricts sale and use of neonicotinoid pesticides to licensed applicators. These pesticides impact bees, butterflies and pollinators, are taken up by plants, and become part of the food chain. Two fact sheets are available - contact me directly if you wish to have me send you copies.
From Rep. Dykema's fact sheet, "There are many hypotheses in the scientific community as to why the decline in pollinator health has been so rapid and severe. A combination of factors, including decreased biodiversity, limited availability of forage, and climate change, have been cited as contributing to colony loss. Many scientists and beekeepers have identified the introduction of neonicotinoid pesticides as a primary reason for pollinator health decline."
H.4041 is sponsored by Rep. Carolyn Dykema and is currently in the House Ways and Means Committee awaiting a vote. The bill has widespread support and the hope is that it will pass by July. It's a critical first step in the right direction - limiting the widespread use of these detrimental pesticides.
Your calls to your state representatives and senators are needed! This is a situation where few calls are made to state representatives - so every call makes a difference. You can find your state representatives here https://malegislature.gov/Search/FindMyLegislator .
Help make sure H.4041 becomes law! Make your call today!