Upcoming Action

Chlorpyrifos Ban in Maryland

Our committee is helping with HB116 & SB500 – Chlorpyrifos Ban in Maryland.
a. There’s an article about this in the newsletter, so we won’t repeat a lot of details here.
b. EPA was in process of banning nationally after 20 year risk analysis found no safe level in our food and drinking water.
c. Causes serious brain damage in children; New EPA secretary reversed the decision to ban (banned in Europe.)
d. We’re supporting because it’s hell on bees!
e. The (first) hearing in House environment committee took place in February, 2018.
f. Expecting lots of opposition from golf courses, orchardists, non-gmo grain growers. Senate committee hearing in February, 2018.
g. There are hundreds of alternatives products, some called biorationals, that are effective and safe and can be used instead of chlopyrifos.
h. Bonnie will email and post our social media campaign on CMBA’s Facebook page. Please share the posts widely and ask friends to share.
i. You will also be getting action alerts with links that with a click send an email to your legislators—please respond to these—it’s how we won the neonic ban.

Neonic Products Should Be Off Store Shelves Now

Neonic products should be off store shelves now – Hearing that they are not. Check your hardware store for products containing neonics—like Bayer Rose & Shrub and many others. Look on label for acetamiprid, imidacloprid – see the newsletter article. If you find neonic products – take a picture of it on the shelf with your phone and email it with the location to legislate@centralmarylandbees.org.

Need Volunteers to Make Phone Calls to ACE Hardware

ACE hardware is now the holdout on selling neonic-treated plants.
Also for March 17-18 – MOMs Organic Markets need tabling 11-3 at 7 stores for the Save the Dandelion Campaign for pollinators – it’s fun!
For questions or to report action taken, email legislate@centralmarylandbees.org.

Press Conference Feb 14 in Front of EPA

CMBA will be co-sponsoring a press conference Feb 14th in front of EPA—you may speak from our club. Like to coordinate group transportation and have some CMBAers attend with us. Email legislate@centralmarylandbees.org.

February 11 – Charm City Meadworks Tasting and Tour

Charm City Meadworks is hosting a tasting and meadmaking tour at their new facility (details also in the newsletter.) Montgomery Co Beekeepers are attending, too, so it’s a good opportunity to meet them and have a great time. Times: tour at 12:15, guided tasting at 1:00, and socializing ’til 4:00.
400 E Biddle St, Baltimore, MD  21202.

Looking for Volunteers

The legislative committee has a lot going on and we need more hands. To get involved, email legislate@centralmarylandbees.org.


Other News

An informative radio show (Dan Rodrick’s Midday on WYPR, 23 June 2015) that included Dennis vanEngelsdorp, Sam Droege, and CMBA Legislative Chair Bonnie Raindrop.