Hochul signs law to ban use of some pesticides

Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday signed a law to prohibit the use of certain pesticides.

The Birds and Bees Protection Act prohibits use of certain neonic pesticide to treat corn, soybean or wheat seeds and use of pesticides for outdoor ornamental plants.

The law allows sufficient time to explore alternatives to these pesticides.

“By signing the Birds and Bees Protection Act, New York is taking a significant stride in protecting our kids, environment and essential pollinators,” Hochul said in a statement. “This law underscores our commitment to fostering a thriving ecosystem while we prioritize sustainable farming and agricultural practices.”