We do not use neonicotinoids in any part of our plant growing process.
Neonicotinoid pesticides are a class of insecticides that have become widely adopted for use on farm crops, ornamental landscape plants, and trees. There is a growing concern about the impact of neonicotinoids. Neonicotinoids are 'systemic' chemicals: they are absorbed into plant tissue through the plants vascular system, making the entire plant toxic, including the pollen and nectar.
Both targeted and non-targeted insects are affected by neoticotinoids. Any caterpillars that feed on the plants, butterflies that nectar on them, or any bees collecting pollen are at risk when they utilize plants treated with neonicontinoids. Neonicotinoids are toxic to both honey bees and bumblebees, and are a causative factor in honey bee Colony Collapse Disorder.
Pollinating insects are responsible for more than one-third of our food supply. Over the years the use of pollination services (commercial beehives) on agricultural crops has masked the decline in native pollinator populations. But the Colony Collapse Disorder that is affecting honey bees has caused a rise in the public awareness of all pollinators and the threat of neonicotinoid chemicals to them, to the pollination of our food supply, and to the environment.
Neonicotinoid chemicals are widely available to the public as components in many pesticides and herbicides offered at garden centers - products that include any of these compounds should be strictly avoided.
Your contributions are essential to curbing the decline of native pollinators and invertebrates. You can make a difference: