Neonicotinoids in the nursery industry have been making news lately. A possible link between the use of this insecticide and honey bee die-offs has led to some controversy. We asked Bay-Friendly Qualified Professional Alisa Rose Seidlitz to share some background on this issue of neonicotinoids and nursery plants. Read on to learn what Alisa Rose found in her research.
How’s your garden doing? (Or should I say ‘bee’ing!) My own garden has been way too quiet. It’s usually filled with the life-affirming buzz of loads of happy, healthy bees. This year though, the bees – honeybees and CA natives – are much fewer and farther between. This makes me sad, because we need bees in our gardens. In fact, because they're the most effective pollinators in the world, with two thirds of crops requiring pollination by bees, plant and animal life depends upon them! Spaces and places which support bees, where bees can thrive, indicate that people can thrive there, too. (Most bees do NOT want to sting you.)