Legislation sponsored by Assemblymen Ron Dancer and Parker Space protecting the state’s bee population from pesticides have been signed into law.
“Pesticides are toxic to honeybees, the most important pollinators of crops. Sprayed near colonies, their effects are devastating. They not only inhibit the ability of bees to gather food, they can also kill them,” said Dancer (R-Ocean). “This new law will help protect the state’s 20,000 bee colonies, which contribute to the production of nearly $200 million worth of fruits and vegetables annually.”
“Pesticides kill bees either through direct contact or, even more deadly, when a bee comes in contact with an insecticide and carries it back to the colony, contaminating the pollen or nectar,” explained Space (R-Sussex). “People who apply pesticides will now be required to receive proper training which will help protect the state’s vital bee population.”
The first bill (A3398/S2076) requires anyone applying pesticides to notify beekeepers when applying pesticides within three miles of a registered honey or native beehive. It requires beekeepers to register with the DEP by March 1 of each year if they want to be notified.
The second bill (A3400/S2078) requires anyone applying pesticides to complete a training or continuing education course on the effect pesticides have on pollinating bees.