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Much of the discussion around neonicotinoids focuses on agriculture, but the horticulture industry also uses these chemicals. In a 2014 Friends of the Earth study of flowers for sale at garden centres in Canada, more than 50 percent of the tested plants contained traces of at least one neonicotinoid. Most shocking was that many of these contaminated plants were labelled “bee-friendly”.
Don’t fret. It is possible to source neonicotinoid-free plants that are truly bee and pollinator-friendly. Here are some tips:
Want to help get neonicotinoids off the market and encourage organic and pollinator-friendly horticulture? Here is a list of actions you can take:
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This is stupid and ueselss. Colony Collapse Disorder only affects commercial hives that pollinate commercial crops using commercial pesticides. Wrong!CCD affects all bee colonies of Apis mellifera. The pesticides affect other pollinator species as well. Domestic colonies seldom gather pollen and nectar from their own immediate surroundings, leaving these for last resort. They will forage in next doors gardens and even in neighbouring fields. Hence why pesticides are a problem. The average bee will travel easily 5 miles for food and they will do this continually for the better part of 6-8 weeks which is virtually their entire life cycle. The first 2-3 weeks are spent in the hive administering to the brood and other tasks. Once out and about they travel continuously looking for food. In 6-8 weeks a lot of land is covered. So the comment above by Thomas is clearly based on incorrect advice.CCD can affect all colonies of Apis mellifera regardless of whether they are commercial or domestic. The impact is clearly greater with commercial colonies due to the sheer numbers. Most households that keep bees will have only a small number of hives, between 1 and 5 usually, whereas commercial outfits have many hundreds of colonies.
I do agree with all of the ideas you have presented in your post. They’re very convincing and will definitely work. Still, the posts are very short for novices. Could you please extend them a little from next time? Thanks for the post.
Hello Modesta, You will find more information on pollinators and neonics on Ontario Nature’s website (ontarionature.org) and our ON Nature magazine site (onnaturemagazine.com).
Here are some related pages:
Pollinator campaign: https://www.ontarionature.org/protect/campaigns/pollinators.php
Pollinator garden article: https://view.publitas.com/on-nature/spring_2015/page/30-31
At-risk bee article: https://view.publitas.com/on-nature/summer_2015/page/16-17
The next time you need a photo of a monarch, adult, egg or caterpillar, please ask me, and I’ll provide it for free. I have beautiful shots one or more adults on goldenrod, new england asters, milkweed, and others.