Hidden Toxins in Plants from Big-Box Retailers

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A report recently released by the Pesticide Research Institute and Friends of the Earth warns that, “More than half of ostensibly bee-friendly plants sampled at 18 Home Depot, Lowe’s and Walmart garden centers in the U.S. and Canada contained high levels of neonicotinoids (a pesticide), which are considered highly toxic to bees, butterflies and other insect pollinators.”

Read the entire article here, and take a moment to sign a quick petition here to help save our essential pollinators.  Learn more from my previous post titled, “A World Without Flowers?” and see why declining populations of pollinators puts much of our own food supply in jeopardy.

So, what can you do (besides signing petitions)?  Ask your local garden center if their plants have been treated with these dangerous pesticides and shop at native plant nurseries whenever possible.

photo above courtesy of Bachman’s Floral Gift and Garden, a Minnesota-based retailer committed to eliminating neonicotinoid pesticides in the plants they sell.

Tag(s): Going Green, Hazardous Products / Health Issues, The Great Green Outdoors, The Green Garden


One Response to “Hidden Toxins in Plants from Big-Box Retailers”

  1. Burnham Nationwide on August 14th, 2014 11:23 am

    Thank you for this post. While we focus on the internal structures to be green and sustainable – it is interesting to see what’s going on outside. We often think to look for foods that are pesticide free and seem to overlook our outdoor landscaping. Thanks again!

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