New Jersey passes bee-saving legislation

Bee-killing pesticides have driven bee populations down for decades. But not for much longer in New Jersey, where thousands of citizens succeeded in standing up for our best pollinators.

Save the bees

Mary Katherine Moore

Bee-killing pesticides have driven bee populations down for decades. But not for much longer in New Jersey, where thousands of citizens succeeded in standing up for our best pollinators.

On Jan. 18, Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation to restrict the use of a harmful class of bee-killing pesticides known as neonicotinoids, or “neonics,” into law. As bee populations plummet across the country, restricting neonics is one key to saving these pollinators from extinction. That’s why, in the summer preceding this vote, Environment New Jersey canvassers went door to door gathering support for a bill that would restrict neonics in the Garden State. 

“By passing this bill, we are taking some of the sting out of an increasingly toxic environment for bees,” said Doug O’Malley, Environment New Jersey state director. “We can now promise our pollinators a safer Garden State when they return in the spring.” 

New Jersey is now the sixth state to pass bee-saving legislation 

Read more about the law. 

Learn more about our Save the Bees campaign. 

Photo: Environment New Jersey canvassers went door to door, gathering petition signatures from our members and others who supported restrictions on bee-killing pesticides.  Credit: Staff

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