The Maryland House just passed a bill that will implement a partial ban on a widely-used class of pesticides that’s known to harm honeybees.

It’s a good thing too. Managed honeybees are suffering major losses in the United States.

The bill would still allow farmers to apply the pesticides on their crops but consumers would not be allowed to purchasing them for home use. Honey bees, as well as “wild pollinators like butterflies, wild bees, and birds, are hugely important to the world’s agriculture and to natural vegetation,” writes Katie Valentine.

In fact, “90 percent of wild flowering plants depend on animals for pollination, along with 75 percent of the world’s food crops.”

Read more at Think Progress



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