How Backyard Gardens Might be Killing Bees

June 25, 2014 4:49 PM

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How Backyard Gardens Might be Killing Bees

Bee friendly "organic" gardens with plenty to pollinate may still be harming hives, researchers suggest. Plants bought at chain garden and home improvement stores were found to be laden with pesticides prior to being shelved, according to a new study.

The study "Gardeners Beware 2014" found that nearly 51 percent of garden plants purchased at big-name retailers in 18 cities in the United States and Canada contain neonicotinoid - a pesticide that has been frequently tied by experts to bee population decline.

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