Neonicotinoids

Mon. May. 15, 2017

Click below to listen to my Garden Bite radio show:  Neonicotinoids

Neonicotinoids are the most widely used insecticides in both the U.S. and globally. A 2016 nationwide water-quality study on streams found them in 63 percent of the waterways tested. In 2014, they were detected in every stream sampled in a high corn and soybean-producing region in the Midwest reports the United States Geological Survey.  Study on Treatment method to get the neonics out.

Maryland bans neonics for consumers

Legislators are drafting legislation to ban neonics in California, while the European Union’s temporary ban is set to lift, even as they work to make it permanent.  The battle rages on as to the use of these chemicals but it won’t be fought here on Garden Bite. I would, however, like to share with you HOW a neonic works.  This type of insecticide is a systemic,it’s taken up into the plant itself making the entire plant toxic to insects.  Neonics attack the Central nervous system causing paralysis and death.

They were the first new insecticides introduced to the market in the last 50 years with high hopes due to their lower toxicity to mammals, however, research states that neonics disrupt the immune system of bees because it’s unique.  Bees have pollinated about every 3rd bite of food you eat.

The Xerces Society on Bees and neonics

Some local garden centers and nurseries are taking their own precautions and asking their local growers about insecticide use.  Growers like Bailey Nursery, out of Newport, Minnesota, who supply plant material to many nurseries around the country have chosen to err on the side of caution and eliminate or sharply reduce their use of neonics.  They created “Endless Summer” hydrangea and “Easy Elegance” roses plus a lot more!

Rose ‘Music Box’ from Bailey Nurseries