ST. PAUL, Minn. - According to a first-of-its-kind pilot study, many "bee friendly" home garden plants sold at stores in Minnesota and across the United States that are pre-treated with pesticides are shown to harm and kill bees.
The study, co-authored by the Pesticide Research Institute, was released today by Friends of the Earth.
It found that 7 of 13 garden plants purchased at retailers in the Twin Cities, Washington D.C. and San Francisco contained neurotoxic pesticides known as neonicotinoids at levels that could harm and kill bees and other pollinators.
The stores included in the study are Home Depot, Target and Lowe's.
KARE 11 received a statement from Home Depot which said, "We haven't reviewed the study yet, but we certainly appreciate the importance of the bee population and will be reaching out to the study groups to learn more about their findings and methodology."
"Our investigation is the first to show that so called 'bee-friendly' garden plants contain pesticides that can actually poison bees, with no warning to gardeners," said Lisa Archer, Friends of the Earth-US.
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