There has been a lot of controversy about whether or not neonciotinoid-containing pesticides are harmful to pollinators. Numerous scientific studies show a variety of harmful effects, but most pesticide manufacturers stand behind Bayer Crop Science's position that, “In no study of neonciotinoids with realistic exposure scenarios and a correct use of the product have harmful effects on honey bee colonies ever been observed.”
Despite this claim, Bayer Crop Science has agreed to change its advertising in response to an investigation by the Massachusetts Attorney General's office. Attorney General Maura Healey said in a statement, “Bayer made numerous misleading claims to consumers about the safety of its pesticide products, including falsely advertising that they were similar to giving ‘a daily vitamin’ to plants, when in fact, they are highly toxic to honey bees and other pollinators in the environment."
Read the article from Bee Culture magazine below.
Scotts Miracle Grow has decided to phase out neonciotinoids in its products beginning this year, following in the footsteps of the two biggest hardware store chains, Lowe’s and Home Depot, both of which have agreed to phase out neonicotinoid-based pesticides in the coming years.