We at the Woodside Montessori Middle School advocate for a bill in the Massachusetts State House that would limit the use of neonicotinoids and make it harder for people to apply them. Thousands of bees are harmed by pesticides and insecticides, one of the most commonly used insecticides is called a neonicotinoid. When a bee is exposed to neonicotiniods it gets confused and cannot find its way back to its hive. The bill we support would limit the use of neonicotinoids only to trained professionals who would only put the necessary amount and under specific conditions to limit the damage to not just bees but other pollinators.
Each year the Middle School supports the work of the Massachusetts Beekeepers Association by traveling with them to the Massachusetts State House for Massachusetts Agriculture on the Hill Day - a day for the agricultural industry of Massachusetts to show off their products and promote bills of interest to them. The class designs a unique label for that year's event and visits the offices of representatives and senators to deliver the honey and ask for their support of the bill.