Strict Restrictions on Chemicals in Minnesota

According to, Minnesota’s governor has set strict restrictions on the use of agricultural pesticides that have been blamed for hurting bees. Governor Mark Dayton issued an executive order requiring farmers to prove the necessity of using chemicals, called neonicotinoids before using them. The criteria of the mentioned process are not decided yet.

For three decades honey bees have been decreasing in the US. A survey of more than 20,000 honey beekeepers conducted by the Department of Agriculture demonstrated that there were 8% fewer honey bee colonies on 1 January, 2016 than a year earlier.

An organizer of a US activist group Lex Horan said that Minnesota had just become the national leader in protecting pollinators.

Neonicotinoids are used widely in a range of crops and have been shown to be harmful to certain species of bee, particularly commercial honeybees and bumblebees.

Seth Naeve, an agronomist for the University of Minnesota mentioned that removing the pesticides meant that farmers would use smaller number of chemicals to control bugs which would let pests be used to those chemicals.

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