If you’ve been reading Beegether for a period of time, you know I am totally against neonicotinoids, or neonics for short. Beegether is built around planting plants to give bee safe havens, promoting togetherness, and banishing neonics from both residential and commercial places. But if you are a new reader, I realize you may not realize why I am adamantly against these harmful ideas. And you might not feel compelled to stop using the death concoction without me explaining why exactly you should chuck those neonics in the trash right now.
Neonicotinoids are bee-killing insecticides that are CHEMICALLY SIMILAR TO NICOTINE. The bad additives in cigarettes. The etymology is literally translated to new nicotine-like insecticides. Seriously? And might I add neonics are twenty times more concentrated than the infamous DDT. Yeah. Not so tasty, is it?
You see, I understand your view. I get that it’s convenient, and easy to pick up from Home Depot. However, sometimes convenience comes at a cost, and is your food supply, the bees, and everything that relies on the bees like essential oils really worth it? The answer is no. (If you said yes, I encourage you to read this tweet.) However, we need to protect our Earth, because it is not just you, it also impacts everyone else in the world, and the ecosystem. Neonicotinoids are not good for anyone, not anywhere.
“Neonicotinoids are not good for anyone.”
The problem is, they work! They work because they are so deadly that they kill everything in its path, and stores make such an effort to get you to buy it. Lowe’s and Home Depot PRE-SPRAY supposedly bee-friendly plants with neonics, (More on that here) without you knowing. Fair? I think not.
In the end, it is your choice, but do you really want deadly chemicals sprayed in the same plants your children, pets, or you walk and play in? Do everyone a favor and go to your garage and chuck your neonics away.
Also, have you taken the pledge? It pledges to ‘set an example for others’, which you could do by removing neonics from your household. Just a reminder!
Are you going to remove neonics from your household! (I hope you are!) Is there a cause you are passionate about that you want us to hear about?