Bees are in trouble and we are all interconnected such that we need to do our part to prevent colony collapse disorder. Massachusetts can help bees and let's get Gov. Charlie Baker to do his part in passing laws banning the use of neonicotinoids.

Neonicotinoids — or neonics — are a leading suspect in colony collapse disorder. These highly toxic pesticides poison bees' nervous systems and impact their ability to learn, reproduce and fight infections.

Large-scale bee deaths have a cascading effect on entire ecosystems. Hive collapse threatens the survival of plants, and the animals that rely on those plants as a food source — a pattern that disrupts the entire food chain.

Please, let us join states like Maryland, Connecticut and Vermont in passing laws banning consumer use of neonicotinoids.

Sarah Stewart

Gardiner