The Media and I: Neonic Bans

By Henry I. Miller, MS, MD — Jun 06, 2024
Lars Larson and I discussed the recent ban on an important and widely used class of insecticides in New York and the potential for Vermont to follow suit, despite historical evidence from places like Sri Lanka showing that such bans can harm farmers and devastate food production. (Since this segment aired, Phil Scott, the Republican Governor of Vermont, vetoed the bill that would have banned neonicotinoid pesticides in the state.)

I explained that the bans are not new but part of ongoing efforts by environmentalists who misattribute honeybee declines to neonicotinoids ("neonics"), despite evidence that infestation by Varroa destructor mites are the real threat. Neonics, which are related to nicotine, are used as seed coatings, and are safe and effective. The bans in New York and potentially Vermont would harm local agriculture, particularly affecting corn, soybeans, and Vermont's dairy industry (whose cows consume a large percentage of corn grown in the state). Lars pointed out the extensive use of these crops in Vermont and questioned the rationale behind opposing such a natural pesticide. I noted the influence of the organic food lobby and their unscientific stance. We agreed that these policies could lead to increased food costs and dependency on foreign producers.


You can find the entire conversation here 

You can find more on the topic in my recent article published in the Washington examiner here 

You can find my series of articles following the consequences of neonicotinoids bans from 2014 to the present : 

Dr. Henry Miller calls for American farmers to wake up

Regulators should embrace the Vatican's decade-old endorsement of GMOs

Dishonest Policymaking Stings The European Commission On Honeybee Health

We Don't Need to Ban Pesticides to Save Bees

What's missing from claims that neonicotinoids are killing bees, birds and fish?

How proposed legislation billed to 'save the bees' will actually harm them — and the economy

The Birds and Bees Protection Act Would Bring Costly 'Derogation Drama' to New York


Henry I. Miller, MS, MD

Henry I. Miller, MS, MD, is the Glenn Swogger Distinguished Fellow at the American Council on Science and Health. His research focuses on public policy toward science, technology, and medicine, encompassing a number of areas, including pharmaceutical development, genetic engineering, models for regulatory reform, precision medicine, and the emergence of new viral diseases. Dr. Miller served for fifteen years at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in a number of posts, including as the founding director of the Office of Biotechnology.

Recent articles by this author:
ACSH relies on donors like you. If you enjoy our work, please contribute.

Make your tax-deductible gift today!



Popular articles