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Native bee on golden currant; Photo: Charlotte Torgovitsky-Bob and Mieko Watkins 

Stop Neonic Pesticides: Support AB 2146 and Save Pollinators

California is a biodiversity hotspot. Of the 3,600 bee species native to North America, California is home to 1,600. Pollinators need plants and plants need pollinators. This ancient bond is especially crucial in California, where one-third of our plants are found nowhere else in the world.

Neonicotinoid insecticides, also known as “neonics,” are neurotoxins. Overwhelming scientific evidence shows that neonics are a leading cause of bee and other pollinator declines. Even trace amounts of neonics kill bees, and have a variety of sublethal effects that make it difficult for surviving bees to maintain colonies and reproduce. Asm. Member Rebecca Bauer-Kahan of the San Francisco Bay Area has introduced AB 2146, which bans the use of imidacloprid, clothianidin, thiamethoxam, dinotefuran, and acetamiprid on non-agricultural crops.

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What you should know

From the imperiled monarch butterfly to the fuzzy bumblebee, the health of pollinators is directly tied to the integrity of plants. Neonicotinoids are the world’s most widely used insecticides and are incredibly toxic to pollinators—just one square foot of grass treated with a typical neonic lawn product can contain enough neonics to kill one million bees. Most of the chemicals, however, stay in the soil, where they remain for years and are easily carried by rain or lawn watering. 

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The devastating effects

Neonics broadly contaminate California’s environment, threatening the collapse of entire ecosystems. State water testing has detected neonics in the vast majority of samples statewide, including 92% of samples in urban areas of Southern California. And they are found at levels that likely harm aquatic life, killing insects and other invertebrates and starving the birds, fish, and other species that rely on them for food.

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Support Assembly Bill 2146

We’re happy to report that the California State Assembly voted 45-14 to pass AB 2146 in late May. “Bees are the backbone of our state’s ecosystem” said  Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan. “California is far behind other states and countries in limiting these highly toxic chemicals. We must address the home and garden uses that seriously threaten ecological and human health.” Now we look to the senate to continue the legislative process of turning AB 2146 into law. We’ll keep you posted with updates!

Small Wonders

Small Wonders

The Plight and Promise
of California's Native Bees

Bumblebee on manzanita. Photo: Stephen Rosenthal.

CA State Assembly<br />
Passes AB 2146

CA State Assembly
Passes AB 2146

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Bee species enjoying Matilija poppy (Romneya coulteri). Photo: Kris Ethington.

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