AB 2146 — Neonicotinoid pesticides: prohibited nonagricultural use by Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan of Orinda | Cal Parks

AB 2146 — Neonicotinoid pesticides: prohibited nonagricultural use by Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan of Orinda

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Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials

This legislation protects pollinators, like western monarchs, by banning five key neonicotinoid pesticides from use in most non-agricultural settings. 

Position Statement

In the 1980s, an estimated 4.5 million monarch butterflies migrated to the coast annually. But in both 2018 and 2019, volunteers counted under 30,000 monarchs — less than 1% of the population’s historic size. In a recent study of more than 200 samples of milkweed, the exclusive food of monarch caterpillars, 32% had lethal levels of neonaticide pesticides. California State Parks Foundation supports this legislation because protecting our pollinators will protects wildlife and nature for future generations.