Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 13, 2022

Encourage Governor Newsom to Protect Pollinators

The Latest on Pollinator Protection

We’re thrilled to report that AB 2146, the pollinator protection bill, has passed the California legislature. Introduced by Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, AB 2146 restricts the use of toxic neonicotinoid pesticides in non-agricultural settings, including parks, home gardens, and golf courses. Not only do neonics kill the pollinators that native plants depend upon, they leech into soil and groundwater, affecting fish, wildlife, and humans. The CA Department of Pesticide Regulation detected imidacloprid—the most common neonic in non-agricultural settings—in 93% of water samples taken in Southern California’s urban areas and 67% of Northern California’s urban samples. And studies show widespread neonic exposure in pregnant people. The bill is now with Governor Newsom. This is another great opportunity for Governor Newsom to support California’s biodiversity. Please join us in respectfully asking Governor Newsom to say “yes” to AB 2146.

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