PSC's Latest Pesticide Campaigns!

In collaboration with the legal team at EarthJustice and our Scientific Advisory Panel, PSC has recently worked on two pesticide campaigns in California. Our most recent effort focused on draft regulations for neonic use by the California Department of Pesticides, and PSC submitted substantive comments illustrating our six major concerns with the proposed regulations:

1) Seed treatments contribute the majority of neonicotinoid use in California, but their use and subsequent impacts are not tracked or mitigated by DPR.
2) Adverse effects on honey bee queen viability are not solved by the proposed regulations.
3) The proposed label distinctions between commercially pollinated crops and crops not hosting managed pollinators do not provide protection for pollinators.
4) Restricting applications to blooming plants is not sufficient to protect pollinators
5) DPR needs to include all systemic, persistent insecticides in these regulations, not just the four nitroguanidine neonicotinoids.
6 )Systemic pesticides are absorbed by the plant and contaminate soil and ground water, which often results in chronic, low-level exposure. Chronic exposure, even at low levels over time, have been proven to be as dangerous and impactful as acute exposure at high levels. DPR draft regulations do not address the danger posed to pollinators through low level chronic exposure over time.

Additionally, Scientific Advisory Panel member Dr. James Nieh drafted a comprehensive scientific review of the proposed regulations which was submitted along with several other supporting research documents and letters.  See our complete set of documents here. 

Meet our Scientific Advisory Panel

 The Pollinator Stewardship Council relies on scientific data to fight for pollinator health in the face of pervasive toxic pesticide exposure. We are grateful to work with some of the leading experts in pollinator health, scientists who provide objective and informed guidance for best practices. Using the most modern and informed research studies, they provide evaluation and recommendations for risk assessment and pesticide exposure.  We rely on their expertise to better understand the impact of regional and national pesticide policies on pollinator health, and to provide comprehensive scientific and expert review. They have been instrumental in drafting letters and comments linking relevant scientific research to current or proposed policies and are critical to the work of PSC. We are in the process of confirming a few more additions to this panel, but meet our first three scientific experts here. 

Help Support Our Work!

This month we'll be submitting comments to the EPA detailing the damaging impacts of broflanilide as a corn seed treatment, as new use applications have been submitted.  We are revising our education outreach program, creating a new set of activities in order to better serve in our efforts to increase knowledge of pesticide impact/damage to pollinators, and exploring grant opportunities to help fund these efforts.  We are updating the website with new information and pages offering more resources to our members.  We are continuing to monitor our recent pesticide campaigns in California and connecting with other regional groups doing similar work.  Your donation is critical in supporting pollinator health! 


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