MCEA Staff blog regularly about current environmental issues and how they relate to MCEA's work.
Thanks to Ron Meador at MinnPost Earth Journal for pointing out the limits to the new "groundbreaking" pro-pollinator policy on neonicotinoid pesticides. The Governor's directive to State agencies to reduce neonic use is helpful, but obviously will not solve the problem by itself. The so-called regulatory component--requiring farmers to establish that they face grave losses if they do not use neonic pesticides--does not apply to the vast majority of neonic use, which comes from application of the pesticides to seeds that farmers purchase. So, nice to call attention to the problem, but don't expect the proffered solutions to make much of a difference.