Maryland’s Pollinator Protection Act of 2015

The Pollinator Protection Act (Senate Bill 163/House Bill 605) would require that any plants, seeds or nursery stock treated with neonicotinoid pesticides include a warning label. It would also ensure that consumers could no longer purchase neonicotinoid pesticides; they would be available for sale only to certified applicators, farmers or veterinarians.

Pollinator Protection Act of 2015

Why Restrict Neonicotinoids?

There has been a tremendous amount of independently conducted, peer-reviewed, published scientific research by some of the world’s top scientists that have proven the impact of neonicotinoids. (For those of you that would like to learn more, please visit our show archives by clicking here.)

The sub-lethal effects of neonicotinoids prove that it truly is a “Disaster in the Making” as initially proven by Dutch Toxicologist, Dr. Henk Tennekes. His research concludes that it neonicotinoids are mobile in groundwater, the damage to the nervous system is cumulative and irreparable and due to the dose-time ratio, death is imminent. While industry consistently refers to Dr. Alex Lu’s last “Harvard Study” on bees, they completely overlook the fact that the bees still died.

There is also a current ban in the EU and efforts in other parts of the world to follow the EU’s lead. In the state of Maryland, according to Smart on Pesticides Maryland:

  • Beekeepers have reported average hive losses of 30 percent or higher each year since 2006; in 2012, Maryland beekeepers lost nearly 50 percent of their hives. These numbers are not sustainable.
  • Neonicotinoids threaten aquatic life. They have been linked to death of molting blue crabs and declines in macro-invertebrates.
  • More than half of “bee-friendly” plants purchased at Home Depot, Walmart and Lowes stores in 18 cities across the U.S. and Canada, including in Maryland, had levels of neonicotinoids at sufficient levels to kill bees outright, according to 2014 Friends of the Earth study.

Are There Safe Alternatives To Neonicotinoids?

Yes, there are a myriad of alternatives! The pesticide industry strongly encourages people to read labels before applying any pesticide, so if you see that a product you are considering contains a neonicotinoid pesticide, consider these alternatives. You can also use an app that is available by clicking this link for the PRI Product Evaluator (available for mobile through iTunes store)

Sample of Neonicotinoid-Free Consumer Pesticide Products

To view the entire list of Neonicotinoid Free Consumer Pesticide Products, please click this link.

Listen To The Interview

In this special series called “The Neonicotinoid View”, host June Stoyer and special guest co-host, Colorado beekeeper, Tom Theobald, talk to bee health advocates Bonnie Raindrop and Bill Castro about efforts in Maryland to restrict use of neonicotinoids by passing Senate Bill 163/House Bill 6055, The 2015 Pollinator Protection Act.

To listen to the interview, please press play on the video below.

Bonnie Raindrop is the Legislative Chair for the Central Maryland Beekeepers Association (CMBA). CMBA is a member organization of the Smart on Pesticides Maryland coalition which has over 60 organizations who are working together to pass the Pollinator Protection Act in Maryland in the 2015 legislative session. She has been a beekeeper for 9 years.

Bonnie Raindrop

Bonnie Raindrop

Bill Castro is a full-time urban treatment-free beekeeper in Baltimore City who has been involved with bees in one way or another for nearly 40 years, and a military spouse. He owns and operates Bee Friendly Apiary. His love of nature and deep respect for honey bees has also been shared through volunteering in Baltimore City classroom education for school age children as well as speaking publicly to civic groups and garden clubs. He promotes honeybee stewardship and a chemical free environment.

Bill Castro

Bill Castro


What You Want Vs. What You Don’t Want

If you are single and at the point where you are ready to welcome a new person into your life, starting over can be quite difficult. It is especially difficult when you are unsure as to what you want much less what you don’t want. This is one of the key reasons why it is important to understand what your boundaries are and how to set them.

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It is important to know what you want and don’t want!

After a breakup, especially a divorce, moving on can bring about many challenges.  It is important to recognize negative patterns of behavior as well as positive ones.  Susan offers excellent examples for readers to better comprehend the lessons learned. These examples are also important for understand what is desired in a new relationship and what is not wanted.

The Illusion Of Perceived Happiness

According to Merriam-Webster, perception is defined as the way that you notice or understand something using one of your senses. Quite often, a single person will view another person who appears to be happy as someone he or she would like to emulate. However, looks can be deceiving. Without really knowing what is truly going on in that other person’s life, the projected joy may nothing but an illusion. This is something important to keep in mind when starting over after a breakup.

”When feeling lonely and ready to jump into the dating pool, don’t compare your insides to everyone else’s outsides.” – Susan J. Elliot.

Don’t compare your insides to everyone else’s outsides. Susan J Elliot

Don’t compare your insides to everyone else’s outsides. Susan J Elliot

In Getting Back Out There, a sequel of sorts to her book Getting Past Your Break Up, Susan J. Elliott offers a comprehensive guide to help you get back on track.  She offers sage advice on a myriad of topics including the following topics.

  • How do you differentiate what is “real love” vs. “true love”?
  • Should you continue “communicating” with your ex?
  • How can you recognize “red” and “pink” flags?
  • At what point do you introduce your children, family or even animal companions to the new person?

Susan has also done a remarkable job creating a comprehensive self-assessment that will help you understand the lessons learned from previous relationships and also learn about areas that need improvement.


Listen To The Interview

In this segment of The Organic View Radio Show, host, June Stoyer, talks to author, Susan Elliot about her new book, Getting Back Out There Secrets to Successful Dating and Finding Real Love after the Big Breakup. To listen to the interview, press the play button on the video below.

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Susan J. Elliott, JD, M.Ed., is the creator of the Getting Past Your Breakup blog and seminar series. A sought-after relationship commentator, motivational speaker, certified grief counselor, and attorney, she lives in New York.

Getting Back Out There