Study: Many 'bee-friendly' plants are toxic bee killers

  • Article by: Kim Palmer , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 3, 2013 - 10:03 AM

Buyer bee-ware.

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theruntAug. 27, 13 5:58 PM

We bought several "bee friendly" plants from Linders this year. Now, I must do some research and see if their plants are safe for bees and butterflies.

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kim5618Aug. 27, 1310:17 PM

If your plants, therunt, were Proven Winners or grown at Bailey's Nursery here in the cities, they were treated with neonicotinoids. I spoke with and emailed both of these growers and they confirmed the practice of the use of these pesticides, saying it was the "industry standard". I urged them to change their practices. Perhaps if we all contact them personally, it might have an effect. I have taken out all of my treated plants and substituted them with organics.

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RankenFyleAug. 27, 1310:31 PM

If additional studies confirm the same results, then bring on the lawsuits! Someone has to be held responsible for carelessly introducing these kind of products into the environment. The last thing we want is another regulatory body but this serves as another example of the big business being unable to ascertain the secondary effects of the products they bring to market.

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rvjesseAug. 28, 13 6:18 AM

If true we are being taken. Perhaps we as consumers need to be a little less particular when buying plants. Not perfect plants when purchased but no pesticides on them would be better. Do we realize we are harming ourselves in the long run?

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aeiou2Aug. 29, 1310:34 AM

Thanks, Kim, for publishing this news in Wednesdays Variety section. I had wondered why it was on the news and in the Pioneer Press but not in the StarTribune. This is definitely a good place to publish it. Julia

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joyminaAug. 29, 1311:28 AM

Does anyone know how long this practice has been going on? And how long this insecticide stays in the plant? I use systemic control for Japanese Beetles, does this contain the same poison? From Wikipedia - Neonicotinoids are the first new class of insecticides introduced in the last 50 years, and the neonicotinoid imidacloprid is currently the most widely used insecticide in the world. Guess it's time the really read the labels.

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suefranpatAug. 30, 13 9:52 PM

Doesn't surprise me that Proven Winners are treated with this. Proven Winners is a division of Syngenta, which is a huge GMO factory. Will never buy a Proven Winner (or a Bailey's product) again. It's really frightening that it's an "industry standard." Be better than the industry!

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