May 2, 2014
Saving the Honey Bees
Sweet News for Bees
On Apr. 12, 2023, California adopted new regulations that restrict agricultural use of a class of insecticides called “neonicotinoids” that are especially toxic to honey bees and other pollinators.
The new regulations prohibit most agricultural use of neonicotinoids before and during bloom on most pollinator-attractive crops.
The new rules also cap the total amount of these insecticides that can be applied to a given crop each year.
Going into effect on Jan. 1, 2024, these changes mark a meaningful step in the right direction to protect honey bees, butterflies, and other pollinators from exposure to pollen and nectar contaminated by neonicotinoids.
California’s regulation of these types of insecticides is especially significant because nearly 90% of all honey bee colonies in the United States spend several months in the state each year pollinating crops ranging from almonds to zucchini.
These new regulations reflect more than a decade of sustained Earthjustice advocacy and litigation.