Maryland Becomes First State To Ban A Class Of Pesticide Thought To Harm Bees

April 08th, 2016

Bonnie Raindrop has been beekeeping for just nine years, but that’s been more than enough time to see the precipitous decline in bee populations that has been plaguing Maryland. Last year, according to the USDA, Maryland beekeepers lost 61 percent of their honeybee populations, which is two times higher than the national average. Over the last five or so years, Raindrop herself has witnessed crushing losses in her own hives, fluctuating between 50 and 100 percent.  Which is why Raindrop is so happy that the Maryland legislature has started to take notice.  Read the full story here ( to get the details.