Pesticides in Garden Plants

Project Description

In 2013, Friends of the Earth U.S. and the Pesticide Research Institute released Gardeners Beware: Bee-Toxic Pesticides Found In “Bee-Friendly” Garden Plants Sold Nationwide, a report documenting a first-of-its-kind pilot study on the prevalence of neonicotinoid pesticides in bee-attractive plants commonly purchased by home gardeners. For the spring 2014 planting season, we expanded the scope of the study to include 18 locations in the U.S. and Canada and analyzed neonicotinoid concentrations in flowers separately from the greenery (stems and leaves). The results of our new study show that the use of neonicotinoid insecticides in nursery plants is still widespread, and these plants remain a source of exposure for bees and other pollinators.

To learn more, please visit the Friends of the Earth’s BeeAction campaign webpage