Neonics: Ask Before you Buy
"Did you know that many flowering plants sold at local stores can harm our pollinators instead of nurturing them?"
Who are our local pollinators & why do we need them?
Bees, butterflies, birds, bats and insects are pollinators. They transfer pollen from plant to plant or move pollen within flowers. This pollen then fertilizes the plant. Only fertilized plants can make fruit and/or seeds, and without them, plants cannot reproduce. Without plants, our food supply is severely compromised.
What are neonics and what's the problem?
- Neonicotinoid insecticides (Neonics for short) are used to reduce insect damage to plants by American farmers and plant nurseries.
- Neonics are absorbed by plants and can be present in pollen and nectar, making them toxic to pollinators by affecting the central nervous system of not only insects, but also fish, birds and mammals, causing paralysis and death.
- They have a half-life of 1000 days. That means it takes 1,000 days for the concentration of neonic to reduce by half in the environment, so if you plant a contaminated flower, it could be toxic to pollinators for years to come.
Why native plants are best
Our pollinators have evolved with our native plants for millions of years. Some of our plants and pollinators cannot survive without each other! One example is the monarch butterfly. It relies on milkweed to feed its babies which are caterpillars that survive by eating the leaves.
Buy pesticide free and pollinator friendly.
Learn more about efforts to ban neonicotinoids
- 2019 Neonicotinoid Legislation
- Washington Post, "EPA blocks a dozen products containing pesticides thought harmless to bees,"