'Bee-Friendly' Plants May Actually Be Harmful To Bees

Jun 24, 2014

Just because a plant is labeled as "bee friendly" doesn't mean it is.

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That's according to a new report from The Ecology Center, which partnered with the group "Friends of the Earth" to test plants sold as "bee friendly". 

About half contained neonicotinoid pesticides that can kill bees.  Ecology Center environmental health educator Melissa Sargent encourages people to talk to plant sellers "and find out do they know about the neonicotinoid pesticides? And let them know that you would prefer to buy plants that didn't have those pesticides on them."

Sargent says you can't tell by looking at a plant whether it's contaminated with bee-killing pesticides. 

About half of the 71 plants tested in Detroit and 17 other North American cities had been treated with neonicotinoid pesticides.

Find the complete report online:

http://www.BeeAction.org