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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 linked to the loss of managed honeybee colonies and wild pollinators. The pesticide levels detected in the stalks and leaves of some flowers were high enough to kill bees...

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