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Pesticides found in 'bee-friendly' garden-store plants

Pesticides found in 'bee-friendly' garden-store plants

Many supposedly bee-friendly flowers and home garden plants being sold by major retailers have been pretreated with pesticides implicated in bee declines, according to a study by Friends of the Earth and other organizations, including the Maryland Pesticide Network.

The study found that 36 out of 71 plant samples - 51 percent - bought at top garden retailers in 18 metro areas across North America - including 1 in 4 plants from a Home Depot in Cockeysville - contained neonicotinoid pesticides, which research has...