Prairie Nursery is Neonicotinoid-Free. These chemicals are not used in any part of our greenhouse or seed production processes.
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. Importantly, awareness of Colony Collapse Disorder has contributed to a rising public concern for the threat of neonicotinoid chemicals to all pollinators, to the pollination of our food supply, and to the environment.
What You Can Do
Your contributions are essential to stopping the decline of native pollinators and invertebrates. You can make a difference:
- Promote native landscaping at home and in municipal settings, and through the creation of native habitat in parks.
- Avoid insecticide use. Familiarize yourself with this list of neonicotinoid chemicals used in agri-business and in products sold at garden centers.
- For more information visit the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.