Labeling the Garden Plants

Honey bee

Honey bee

Concern over the toxicity of neonicotinoid insecticides to bees is leading to changes in labeling and garden plant production. Neonicotinoids are effective against greenhouse pests such as whiteflies and thrips that can severely damage pests. Neonicotinoids, applied to soil, are taken up by the roots of plants, circulate throughout the plant and provide long term protection against pests. However, neonicotinoids can also find their way into nectar and pollen that is collected by bees. Gardeners who want plants that attract bees, butterflies and other pollinators do not want plants that are potentially toxic to these insects.

Due to public pressure and concern about honey bees, many large retailers of plants now label the plants they sell with the pesticide treatments they have received. These retailers are working with growers with a goal to eliminate all neonicotinoid treatments before the end of the decade.

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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