Pesticides

The unnecessary use of pesticides is harming ecosystems and threatening our health.

If you’re lucky, you might see a summer’s field buzzing with bees or a flock of monarch butterflies undertaking their annual migration. But our country’s overuse of toxic pesticides is making such sights less common as it makes much of our country’s environment toxic. Seeping far beyond the initially treated zones, these pesticides are infiltrating our soil, water systems and food chains. Together, we can put our country on a safer path free of pesticides.

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Monarch populations have dropped by more than 80% in recent decades, due in part to our country’s overuse of pesticides.

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The American bumblebee is on the decline
An American bumblebee sits on a white flower.

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The American bumblebee is on the decline

In the past two decades, American bumblebee populations have dropped by 90%. If the decline of bees like this native pollinator isn't halted, plants and ecosystems across the country will suffer.

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We’re monarchs’ best defense

After 10 long days in a chrysalis, monarch butterflies break free, ready to spread their wings and take their first triumphant flight. But the world they fly into is increasingly toxic and unwelcoming.

Governor Mills signs groundbreaking bill to save Maine bees

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Governor Mills signs groundbreaking bill to save Maine bees

Gov. Janet Mills held a bill-signing ceremony Wednesday for the nation’s strongest statewide restriction on bee-killing pesticides, called neonicotinoids (neonics). LD 155, sponsored by Rep. Nicole Grohoski of Ellsworth, prohibits the use of the most harmful neonic pesticides in residential landscapes. The bill won bipartisan support in the Maine State Legislature, which passed it on June 7.

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Steve
Blackledge

Steve
Blackledge

Senior Director, Conservation America Campaign, Environment America