Honey bees are essential for the pollination of copious amounts of fruits, vegetables, and nuts. However due to several factors, including the use of highly toxic pesticides like neonicotinoids, honey bee populations are decreasing at an alarming rate. This Note explores the history of neonicotinoids and their connection to honey bee health before examining several municipal, state, and federal actions taken to curb honey bee loss. This Note proposes that there be a federal baseline for restricting the use of neonicotinoids throughout the United States while allowing individual states to create additional standards based upon specific types of agriculture within their borders. Finally, this Note will propose that Illinois model a proposed heightened standard based on Minnesota's pollinator protection program.
College of Law
Northern Illinois University Law Review
"Honey Bees & Neonicotinoids: Why Pollinators Need More Protections,"
Northern Illinois University Law Review: Vol. 38:
1, Article 2.
Katherine Headley, Note, Honey Bees & Neonicotinoids: Why Pollinators Need More Protections, 38 N. Ill. U. L. Rev. 134 (2017).