The Colorado legislature has passed a bill banning the sale of bee-damaging pesticides at garden centers and hardware stores, broadening an effort to bolster the beleaguered family of species that’s key to plant life but whose abundance is threatened in the West.
Gov. Jared Polis is expected to sign the bill that limits sale of pesticides based on chemicals called neonicotinoids only to pesticide dealers, banning them from the retail stores that service yards and landscapes across Colorado. Sponsors and environmental advocates hope Senate Bill 266 will help slow the decline of Colorado’s bee varieties, which are the fifth-richest in all the U.S. states, by cutting use of chemicals that disorient and disrupt intricate bee behavior.
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