Catastrophic bee losses are a horror show beyond many you can imagine. The full scope of this just is not understood by enough people. Anything and everything we can do to stop and reverse the losses, if possible, just be done. Somewhere on the neighborhood of one third of the foods we eat rely on bees for pollination, and we’re losing them in droves.
Our friend Lee, who runs the great Vegan food blog we recently linked to, sent the link to a great EarthJustice article on just how pervasive the crap we allow to go on is – ORNAMENTAL PLANTS TREATED WITH BEE KILLERS? Unbelievable, except that it’s true.
I for one am boycotting any plant or related product that carries this crap, until they change. It’s not well known, not well marked, and probably require some research to know what you’re getting, so do what needs to be done. The easiest way to avoid this is to buy your plants for reputable, local nursery with staff that knows what tenure doing and talking about. Most reputable nurseries wouldn’t be caught dead selling such things…
If you use a smart phone, get the Buycott app, so you can look up, learn, and share.
I think y’all need to read it, heed it, make it known and pass it on!