Nation's strongest bee-saving legislation becomes law in Maine

Maine's newest law raises the bar for bee protections. 

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Mary Katherine Moore
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Author: Mary Katherine Moore

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B.A., magna cum laude, Boston University

Mary Katherine creates print and digital content with the Creative Team for The Public Interest Network, with a focus on Environment America and its state affiliates. Mary Katherine lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she enjoys reading, running, baking and hiking.

Maine's newest law raises the bar for bee protections. 

On June 10, Maine passed our nation's strongest safeguards for bees with a law that prohibits certain neonicotinoid, or “neonic,” pesticides for outdoor residential use. Neonics are a dangerous class of bee-killing pesticides that play a significant role in the ongoing bee die-offs. Maine's safeguards could help avoid the “catastrophic collapse of Earth’s ecosystems” that scientists warn would follow the loss of bees. 

“There is no justification for the use of these pesticides for cosmetic purposes in our residential areas,” said Anya Fetcher, Environment Maine state director. “We want to ensure that Maine’s meadows and gardens continue to buzz with the sound of bees. This law boosts the odds of that.”

Environment Maine helped rally more than 10,000 Mainers and more than 60 beekeeper, scientific, public health, farming and environmental organizations that showed decision-makers their support for the law. 

Read more about this victory.

Learn more about our Save the Bees campaign. 

Photo: Environment Maine State Director Anya Fetcher speaks with supporters at a 2019 Save the Bees rally. Credit: Corey Fenders, Fenders Photography

TAKE ACTION TO SAVE BEES

Amazon, the world's No. 1 online marketplace, has a chance to make a major difference in protecting our best pollinators by removing bee-killing pesticides from its site.

Tell Amazon's incoming CEO Andy Jassy: Help save our bees by banning products with neonicotinoids.

Mary Katherine Moore
Content Creator

Author: Mary Katherine Moore

Content Creator

Started on staff: 2020
B.A., magna cum laude, Boston University

Mary Katherine creates print and digital content with the Creative Team for The Public Interest Network, with a focus on Environment America and its state affiliates. Mary Katherine lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she enjoys reading, running, baking and hiking.