Recent studies have shown that, even though the low levels of neonicotinoids in plant nectar and pollen don't outright kill bees, it still adversely affects the bees' brains, causing them to struggle to learn and remember things. Studies have found there is a relationship between neonicotinoid use and the Colony Collapse Disorder of bees, which has gotten so much press lately.
|Check your labels! Systemic products made by companies such as Bayer often contain|
neonicotinoids, two of which are Imidacloprid and Clothianidin.
|new Home Depot labels for Neonicotinoid Pesticides|
|back of the label|
What about outdoor plants, though? Do many of them have labels?
We don't have a lot of outdoor plants in stock yet, as it is definitely still winter up here in the Boston area. Home Depot only had their berry plants and grapes in. I was glad to see that most of them were not grown with neonicotinoid pesticides, though there were a couple varieties of grapes labeled for it.
I guess time will tell as to whether or not people will buy them. Hopefully, the labels will lead people to be more cautious about buying these plants, or, at the very least, cause them to do a little research about what these pesticides are that are on their plants.
And hopefully, people will make different choices in their plant buying - putting pressure on growers to use alternative (and hopefully more wildlife-friendly) pest management.
So has anyone else seen these labels? Or seen BJ's tags? I am hoping some Southern gardeners can tell if many of their outdoor plants are labeled with neonicotinoid pesticides. I am hoping, too, that other big-box stores will follow Home Depot and BJ's leadership in giving their consumers the ability to make more knowledgeable choices! Kudos to them!