NPR recently ran this story about neonicotinoids, also known as neonics. These pesticides are “highly toxic” to bees and other pollinators, already banned in the European Union, and many plants found at the American garden centers where you and I shop are being treated with them unbeknownst to consumers.
Now hang on.
Lest you read “pesticides” and think “pfft, tree-hugger alarmists [click to another article],” check out this Forbes article in which they cite studies connecting neonics to Colony Collapse Disorder (a problem so serious it has its own acronym).
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If bees die, plants don’t get pollinated.
If plants don’t get pollinated, animals don’t eat.
That’s an issue we should all be concerned about.
For more information about pollinators, see the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s pollinator page (a great resource for topical outreach and education, and today’s photo credit):