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Pesticide ban faces opposition in NY
New York Ag Connection - 12/01/2023

A bill known as the "Birds and the Bees Protection Act" is currently awaiting action from New York Governor Kathy Hochul. The bill would ban the use of certain pesticides and seeds with a coating in the state.

Proponents of the bill argue that it is necessary to protect pollinators, such as bees and butterflies, which are essential for the state's agriculture industry. They also point to the health risks associated with exposure to pesticides.

Opponents of the bill argue that it would be too costly for farmers to implement and would harm the state's economy. They also argue that there is not enough scientific evidence to support the claim that the pesticides in question are harmful to pollinators.

The bill has been met with strong opposition from the New York Farm Bureau, which represents farmers across the state. The bureau argues that the bill would be too restrictive and would make it difficult for farmers to control pests.

The bill's supporters, including the Natural Resources Defense Council, argue that the benefits of the bill outweigh the costs. They point to the potential economic benefits of protecting pollinators, as well as the health benefits of reducing exposure to pesticides.

The bill is currently awaiting action from Governor Hochul. She has not yet indicated whether she will sign or veto the bill.

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