Bee-friendly plants sold at garden centers found to be heavily contaminated with deadly pesticides

This is a very surprising article that has to do with the continued decline of the bee population across the United Kingdom and Europe. This article speaks about how careful we need to be in order to foster the continued bee population and pollination of of very precious flowers. In this article it cites that plants and flowers that have been commercially bought and some even certified to be bee friendly actually had adverse toxins and insecticides harmful to bees sprayed on them.

Key Takeaways:

  • bee friendly plants were found to be laden with toxic insecticides
  • 70 percent of the plant specimen examined contained traces of neonicotinoid or ‘neonic’ insecticides, three of which were already banned across Europe due to their adverse effects on bee survival.
  • According to the study, the toxic pesticide thiamethoxam was found to damage the flight ability of bees. Thiamethoxam is a class of neonicotinoid pesticide that is commonly used in crops such as corn, soybeans and cotton.

“Bee-friendly plants sold at garden centers may not be so friendly after all, as new research found that a vast majority of these plants were laden with toxic insecticides.”