Illinois State Senator Don Harmon of Oak Park has introduced a bill to bill to introduced a phased-in ban on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides in the state of Illinois. These are the substances that have been linked to bee colony collapse syndrome, and are widely regarded to pose a serious threat to our entire food system.
This is a proposed resolution which the Oak Park village board is reviewing. Its intent is to influence the Illinois General Assembly to repeal the state Preemptive Law which disallows local municipalities to regulate pesticide use. This Law has been implemented in 43 states, removing their “home rule” control.
A review of the 2014 book Poison Spring by E.G. Vallianatos, a longtime EPA policy analyst and toxics expert, which spells out how the pesticide industry has captured the pesticide policy and regulation offices of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).