Home Depot Lied About Neonicotinoids
For the past several weeks I've been mulling over an issue that I've discovered. When I realized that today was Earth Day, I felt prompted to fire my cannons and hope this gets shared, shared and shared again.
The issue is the use of Neonicotinoid pesticides in plants at Home Depot. Neonicotinoid pesticides had been found to be key a factor in honeybee decline. Specifically, Home Depot stated in 2014 that it would require their plant suppliers to start labeling any plants treated with neonicotinoids by the fourth quarter of 2014.
So here we are in the second quarter of 2015 and you'd think that Home Depot's plant suppliers would have their Neonicotinoid labeling down to a science. And from my experience, looking around at three Home Depot's in the KC area I see quite a few plants with the required tags. But if you look closer, you realize it's haphazard. Some plants have them, but exactly the same plants next to them don't have the tags.
So I approached two different supplier employees at two different Home Depot's and asked the same question: why did some of the plants have these tags and some, or most, didn't? The answer, verbatim, was that the ones that have the tags came from the nursery and that the plants that didn't have them were supposed to but that they (the onsite supplier employees) either didn't have time to tag the plants or didn't want to take the time to do it. They told me that they received several boxes of tags per shipment that they often just threw away.
So, on Earth Day, that's my beef of the day. My suggestion and hope: don't buy any plants from Home Depot. Their plants kill bees. It's proven. It's a fact. On and off I'll be(e) at Home Depot preaching the bee gospel and I hope some of you give it a try too.