Chances are, probably not. Did you know that all of the plants, seeds, trees, shrubs, flowers, soil and compost you that you buy for your yard contains pesticides and other chemicals that you cannot “wash” off? That’s right! Neonicotinoids are pesticides that last up to 13 years on plants that are treated only once.
When buying garden supplies for your home, MAKE sure you are buying products and plants with the USDA Certified Organic, Demeter Biodynamic and/or OMRI logo on the product. These products will not contain the long lasting bee killers, neonics.
Now onto the next sneaky garden supply that is killing the health of your pets, family and your yard! Synthetic fertilizers! These are toxic chemicals that leach heavy metals into your water, soil, grass and sidwalk areas. Heavy metals cause brain damage, cancer and a number of serious health problems.
Instead of grabbing a bag of FAKE Fertilizer, use Certified Organic, Natural fertilizers. Ask your garden shop to point you to the USDA Certified Organic Humus, Soil, Compost Tea… and other wonderful garden supplies for your beautiful yard.
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“Float like a butterfly, Sting like a bee.” Muhammad Ali
Unless you have been living under a rock this year…
SURELY you have heard that the honey bees are in serious danger of extinction. Sounds a little scary huh? Did you know that it is just not honey bees that are fighting to survive? Honey Bees are a small part of the bigger picture. The butterfly, bats, beetles of all kinds, birds and other MUCH NEEDED insects and animals are dying off at terrifying rates. Who cares about some scary bugs? Did you know that caramel mocha smocha drink you love is in existence thanks to these creepy insects and animals? Yep, that’s right! Most of the food and drinks you love and survive on, are pollinated at some point it is creation and without this pollination service, your diet would significantly decrease in desirable items.
Who is responsible for this? Let me at ’em!
We now know that a class of pesticides are to blame, but most of us are unaware that WE are using these insecticides each and every day. How? Did you buy certified organic groceries this week? If not, you bought food grown with the use of these deadly insecticides.
Did you buy flowers for a loved one in the hospital? Yep, your guilty again. The flower industry uses 50X’s the amount of bee killing pesticides that BIG AG does. Crazy huh?
How about your local garden shop? These sneaky little devils are working to end humanity as we know it. Every product you buy from a local garden shop that is not certified organic, more than likely contains a toxic pesticide notorious for bee kill offs…. want to know the scariest part? You cant wash these insecticides off when you get home.
Trees, shrubs, flowers, seeds, bulbs, soil, compost…. i can go on for a while listing all the products you buy from local garden shops that contain deadly chemicals that are killing our pollinators..but i think you get the idea.
You can do something that matters. You can actually make a real difference in the future of pollination and our future food supply.
Are you serious about saving the honey bee?
Are you educated enough to know the serious consequences each and every human on this planet will face IF our pollinators perish?
Well, just don’t stand there…What are you doing about it?
Pick up the phone, call all of your local garden shops and make the BIG ASK!
Starting Jan 22, 2017 – Feb 22, 2017. People from all over the country are calling their local garden shops and making the BIG ASK.
Do a search in Google for: “name of your city” garden shops. Google will list most of the garden shops in your city. Remember to replace the words in parenthesis with the name of your city. lol 🙂
Don’t bee shy. You can do this. It is simple as pie. Here are some sample things to ask for:
Do you carry certified organic seeds?
How much do your certified organic plants (trees, shrubs, tulips, flowers…) cost?
When will your certified organic compost be in stock? How many can I order now?
What is your most popular certified organic soil you have in stock? Why?
When will you have certified organic live plants/flowers ready to purchase this Spring? Can you add my name and number to your call list?
Do you carry certified organic plants? Say Thank you!!!!
Do you spray neonicotinoids on your plants to protect them from insect bits/holes? If yes, educate them on why / how this is killing our local pollinators and please stop. You do not mind buying plants with a few bug bites in them.
How many trees do you carry that are certified organic?
Do you spray your trees with neonics?
What is your local garden shop doing to promote Certified Organic products to help save pollinators?
Get creative! Keep it helpful, fun and positive.
Remember, some garden shops are not all that savvy with the long lasting insecticides being sprayed on their plants. Garden shops are trying to keep their business growing. They have sales on the brain, not saving humanity…saving the honey bee.
They have believed big AG and Big Pesticide manufacturers sales consultants who told them that neonics are safe for bees and in fact, neonics are far better than old school pesticides for pollinators.
I can tell you countless stories of “expert” gardeners who defend these pesticides with their very life. No matter what you say to convince them otherwise, they are completely enamored with their chemicals.
Me : “Can you explain to me what a neonicotinoid is?”
Expert Gardener : “a long lasting insecticide.”
Me : “How long does this insecticide last.?”
Expert Gardener ” it’s a miracle of science…can last up to 13 years!”
Me : “Do insecticides kill bees?”
Expert Gardener : “No, they only kill insects.”
a stinging winged insect that collects nectar and pollen, produces wax and honey, and lives in large communities. It was domesticated for its honey around the end of the Neolithic period and is usually kept in hives.
We have all been there. Making mistakes is part of the human experience. Until the rest of the world wakes up. WE need to step up and bee the voice of sanity.
Thank you for your time. Thank you for giving a damn about the world we call home. And THANK YOU for calling your local garden shops. This is one tiny step that can make HUGE WAVES of improvement for our little pollinators.
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NDOT broke Federal Law June 30 2016 on I 80 East at around 12:40 PM Pacific Time.
– Spraying when temperatures were over 85 degrees
– Failure to protect persons in area from pesticide drift
– Spraying during time of day when pollinators are most active.
– Spraying within 250 feet of a water way, The Truckee River
– Improper signage, Wet Paint.
– Not enough time for drivers to merge.
– Failure to respond to requested pesticide complaint within 24 hours
– Spraying weeds after they had seeded.
– Spraying 2 4 D Weed ONE in wind speeds above 15 MPH, the average wind speed in that area was 25 mpg.
It Is A Violation Of Federal Law To Use This Product In A Manner Inconsistent With Its Labeling. Read entire label before using this product. Do not apply this product in a way that will contact workers or other persons, ·either directly or through drift. Only protected handlers maybe in the area during application. View EPA fact sheet on how to use this chemical here : https://www3.epa.gov/pesticides/chem_search/ppls/071368-00003-20110429.pdf
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Thank you to everyone that showed up to show your support for healthy parks and open spaces at Reno City Public Comment yesterday.
I especially want to thank the couple that made time out of their busy day to share the painful story of the loss of there young son to a form of cancer linked to the use of pesticides/weed killers. This couple has lived in the keystone area community for over 30 years. They have worked hard to build a strong community and get to know everyone that lives there. After their young son got sick with cancer, they started noticing their neighbors were sick as well. This motivated them to keep track of as many neighbors as possible. They learned that clusters of families had sick children and parents as well. This couple has spent years walking to each home in this large community and getting to know their neighbors. The have a long list of people in this community who are either struggling with cancer and other serious health problems or have lost a loved one. I know it was hard to get up and speak in front of so many people, but your community loves you for your courage and determination.
Our mayor, Hillary Schieve was livid after hearing about the constant pesticide trespass that happens in our city every day and vowed to find a way to stop it. We are meeting in a few weeks to discuss policy to solidify these words.
Also at the public comment were the very people responsible for promoting and training our city employees on how to “safely” use these toxic substances. Big Ag made a huge display at the city council meeting, bringing in the big retail giants, public works crew members, Future “farmers” of America, a local gmo dairy producer, a teacher from the UNR Agro department, a local dietitian, as well as the Nevada Department of Agriculture bringing in 5 of their very best.
Each made a plea for the safety and wonderful uses for these chemicals. The UNR teacher professed his devotion to big ag, speaking about the thousands of studies showing the safety and benefits of using pesticides. He failed to mention, those 3000+ studies were done by the very chemical companies that produce and make BILLIONS of dollars from cities, counties and other municipalities that purchase synthetic fertilizers and pesticides from them each year. View some highlights from their evangelists for chemical industry here.
Our very own Public Works director shocked us all with his comments (see video above). He stated that “We (city of Reno public works) do not use pesticides. How could the director of public works not know that his own employees spray with toxic herbicides everyday?
Sandy Rowley, founder of BeeHabitat.com, summed up all the points made by the chemical industry and corrected the inconsistencies they shared with validated facts easily found online at the CDC, USDA, FDA and World Health Organization websites.
Cory Frey, local citizen who was sprayed in the face accidentally by a city employee, and Lisa Hill, a local member of the community, made awesome points that really made the council sit up and take notice. So much so that they all agreed to help the community keep their open spaces organically managed without toxic pesticides.
City council really listened to our comments and offered real world solutions, even asking Jana Vanderhaar if she would volunteer her time to train city public works employees on best practices in managing land without toxic chemicals. Jana has over 20 years experience in organic land care.
Our mayor and city council were very supportive of our requests and agreed to meet with us next week to discuss implementing policy to protect open space and park areas within Reno from future pesticide miss use.
Please call your city council and thank them for caring about the health of their community.
Please understand, This is NOT a honey bee, but a native Mason Bee. It is a female who had found a suitable hole to lay her eggs in. Someone, probably this bloak in the video, placed a nail to see what would happen. 🙂
You can purchase these gentle and super smart Mason bees here for your yard. Mason bees are very loving by nature. Native bees pollinate your gardens better than the non native honey bee.
Remember to buy only USDA Certified Organic seeds and plants this year. Lets give all bees a fighting chance! Stay NEONIC free!!!
We all know how important bees and other insects are to a healthy food system, but did you know that unless you are buying certified USDA organic plants, seeds, soil, compost or trees, you are doing more harm than good for our pollinators?
Last year, in the US alone, over 60% of bee hives perished. YOU can make a REAL difference in 2017’s stats buy supporting organic farmers.
Vote with your wallet this Spring!
1. Ask for certified USDA Organic plants, seeds and bulbs at your local garden shop. Look for the USDA logo to verify that the product you buy is indeed, pesticide free. (learn why here.)
2. Buy USDA Certified Organic food for your self and your family. I personally LOVE Natural Grocers (behind Boston Market off Kietzke Lane in Reno). 100% of their produce is organic, where other big chain stores are not! Look for the #9 at the beginning of the serial code on any food items you buy to verify it is indeed organic!
3. Forward this email to all your contacts and educate them on how to save our pollinators, our future food supply and ultimately our only home, our planet.
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Sandy Rowley presents at the 9th Annual Treatment Free Beekeepers Conference in Oracle Arizona 2016. Thank you Solomon Parker of the Treatment Free Beekeepers group for creating and sharing the videos. You can learn how to become a good beekeeper (there is a difference) here: http://parkerfarms.biz/