Many home gardeners have no idea they may be poisoning pollinators in their efforts to plant ‘Bee Friendly Gardens’. Nursery plants may have been treated with pesticides. HOWEVER….
Orana Steiner School,Weston ACT SPRING FAIR has a BEE FRIENDLY PLANT STALL Sun Nov 8th 11-3pm with certified organic vegie seedlings & plants raised by class 3 families without pesticides or other nasties.
Neonicotinoids have been found to be particularly toxic to bees and other pollinators in a study published in June 2014 of over 1,000peer reviewed scientific studies (Worldwide Integrated Assessment of the Impact of Systemic Pesticides on Biodiversity and Ecosystems). They have been found to impair foraging, disrupt the immune system and affect the navigational system so bees can’t find their way back to the hive. Systemic pesticides are particularly concerning as the whole plant becomes toxic, including the pollen, nectar and seeds and the poison can persist in the soil for many years and up to 6 years in woody plants. These neonics are widely used in the Nursery and Garden Industry and studies have found that even plants labeled ‘Bee Friendly’ contained neonics high enough to kill bees outright.
ASK BEFORE YOU BUY what has been used. (Even some seeds are treated with systemic pesticides so the whole plant is toxic)