The science is clear. Pesticides known as neonicotinoids harm birds, bees and other beneficial insects. Fortunately, a bill being heard in the New Mexico Senate Conservation Committee is seeking to limit the use of these harmful chemicals. We need your help turning this proposed legislation into law – please take action today!
Senate Bill 103, sponsored by Senator Mimi Stewart, will greatly reduce the use of neonicotinoids, reducing the threat they pose to both bird and insect pollinators. Neonicotinoids are toxic to bees, even at low levels, and the pollen and nectar of bee-attracting plants can remain contaminated for up to a year after application. Federal pesticide regulation on neonicotinoids has lagged for more than a decade. A state-specific solution to reduce the use of neonicotinoids can respond to the needs of our agricultural community while taking steps to ensure pollinator protections.
Senate Bill 103 would ban the use of neonicotinoids from residential use, create labeling requirements for flowering plants or products that have been treated with neonicotinoids, require licensure for application of neonicotinoids in commercial agriculture, require continuing education for licensed applicators every two years, and require development of educational and outreach materials about impacts to bees and other pollinators. The bill will not apply to neonicotinoid products intended for indoor use, products for treating lice or bedbugs, products for parasite control in pets, or wood products treated with neonicotinoids
This bill will be heard in the Senate Conservation Committee this Thursday, January 28th. You are receiving this email because you are in a Senate District represented by a member of the Senate Conservation Committee. Please help by contacting your senator and letting them know that you support Senate Bill 103.
Thank you for taking action for New Mexico’s birds and other pollinators by supporting New Mexico Senate Bill 103!
(Looking to do more than send an email? Use this link to find contact information for your district’s Senator and give them a call! A phone call from constituents about active legislation can make a big difference.)
Yours in Conservation,
1800 Upper Canyon RoadSanta Fe, NM 87501