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Neonicotinoids Petition

Target: Maine elected officials

April 2020

The Maine legislature is current adjourned due to COVID-19, but we are collecting signatures and will deliver them to legislators when they reconvene.

Take Action To Protect Pollinators

Pollinators are critical to our food supply, but the use of pesticides like neonicotinoids are causing bees and other pollinators to die off at an unprecedented rate. Please take action to ask our elected officials to support legislation in Maine to ban the use of neonicotinoids.



Why we need neonic restrictions

Neonicotinoids are “systemic” pesticides, which means that the chemicals move inside plants. Generally, plant roots absorb the chemicals and then the chemicals move throughout the entire plant. The poison also flows through to the pollen and nectar and is toxic to bees and other important pollinators. Research has shown that even low levels of these dangerous pesticides impair bees' ability to learn, to find their way back to the hive, to collect food, to produce new queens, and to mount an effective immune response.

While other industrialized regions of the world, including Canada and the European Union, are taking action to phase out neonics, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently gave the green light for continued sale, and widespread use in agriculture and landscaping.

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