Padma Kuppa (District 41), Samanth Steckloff, Julie Brixie, Regina Weiss, Laurie Pohutsky, Kara Hope, Rachel Hood, and Abraham Aiyash have introduced legislation restricting the use of neonicotinoid pesticides on State land. With this, within four years, the Michigan Department of Agriculture must produce a report on the safety of neonicotinoid pesticides in regard to monarch butterflies and other pollinators, as well as the economic impact including honey production. Click here for full details of House Bill 4895.
Neonicotinoid pesticides are a class of pesticides (including acetamiprid, clothianidin, imidacloprid, nitenpyram, nithiazine, thiacloprid and thiamethoxam) that are less toxic to mammals. Neonicotinoids may be partially responsible for honeybee colony collapse, and are restricted in the European Union. These pesticides can be sprayed, or incorporated into the seed shell of crops.