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Gardeners bee-ware! Pesticides causing bee die-off are found in "bee-friendly" plants that are sold at garden centers nationwide.

| Oct. 2013

A new, first-of-its-kind pilot study by Friends of the Earth-US and Pesticide Research Institute found that 54 percent of common garden plants purchased at top retailers including Lowes and Home Depot contained neonicotinoid pesticides, which studies show can harm or kill bees and other pollinators, with no warning to consumers.

Download the report and press release.

Bees and other pollinators, essential for two-thirds of the food crops humans eat everyday, are in great peril, and populations are dwindling worldwide.

Pests, diseases, loss of forage and habitat, and changing climate have all been identified as possible contributing factors to global bee die-off. However, a growing body of science has implicated the world’s most widely-used pesticides, neonicotinoids (neonics) made by giant chemical companies Bayer and Syngenta, are a key factor in bees disappearing.

But neonics aren't just used in agriculture — as our new pilot study shows, unbeknownst to consumers, many “bee friendly” garden plants sold at home garden centers have been pre-treated with these bee killing pesticides, which can contaminate their gardens and continue harming bees and other pollinators for months to years.

The European Union is set to suspend the use of three neonic pesticides later this year, after a scientific review by European Food Safety Authority found that neonicotinoids pose an unacceptably high risk to bees. In addition, the UK’s largest garden retailers, including Homebase, B&Q and Wickes, have already stopped selling neonics. Unfortunately, despite mounting evidence linking neonics to bee declines and more than a million public comments urging swift protections for bees, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has delayed action until 2018.

10/19/2013 9:49:59 AM

my co-worker's mother makes $68 every hour on the laptop. She has been out of work for ten months but last month her pay check was $13836 just working on the laptop for a few hours. . . .......:>>>>>>>>>>>

10/18/2013 3:56:10 PM

Not to pick on anyone individual but why is it that unmentionable big bad GMO is not mentioned in this article I don't believe that's just about pesticides alone. While you do name some major corporations such as Lowe's, & Home Depot, you should mention Monsanto. I believe is really at the bottom of all this loss.

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