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Ban toxic neonic pesticides

Letters to the editor October 14 to 20

Posted 10/13/21

This is a call for much needed action.  A bill (S699B) passed in the NYS Senate partially bans toxic neonic pesticides.  We need to press the Assembly to do the same now that they are back …

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Letters to the editor

Ban toxic neonic pesticides

Letters to the editor October 14 to 20

Posted

This is a call for much needed action.  A bill (S699B) passed in the NYS Senate partially bans toxic neonic pesticides.  We need to press the Assembly to do the same now that they are back in session. The Birds and Bees Protection Act, A7429, would save not only birds and bees, but us as well.

It used to be that washing fruits and vegetables rid them of pesticides, but neonics work systemically and cannot be washed off. Neonics are in our water, soil, food and bodies. They are killing pollinators. (Studies show that even low amounts of chlorpyrifos can cause neurological damage and developmental delays in young children.) France outlawed all neonics; the EU banned the most widely used ones, and Canada is about to follow suit.

New York State lawmakers reconvene this month and one of their first public hearings concerns toxic neonic pesticides.

Depending on where you live, please call or email Assemblyman Kevin Cahill at 845/338-9610 or at cahill@nyassembly.gov.  Otherwise call or email Assemblyman Brian Miller at 845/895-1080 or miller@nyassembly.gov.  Please tell them to pass A7429 and tell them why.

Doris Chorny

Wallkill, NY

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