The Environmental Protection Agency has banned 12 pesticides known to be harmful to bees and potentially harmful to humans.
Judy Braiman lives in the town of Pittsford and has cut all pesticides out of her lawn. She is watching what local municipalities have been doing to keep their lands green. "We did reach out to them last year, we told them how we feel about pesticides,” said Braiman. “We gave them the information."
She is now concerned about new bans of pesticides by the EPA, focused to protect valuable insects threatened by these chemicals. The three main concerns are Azoxystrobin, Bifenthrin, and Imidacloprid. These all fall under the umbrella of neonicotinoids.
"That particular class of pesticides, or insecticides, create bee colony collapse," said Braiman.