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Old 01-11-2017, 06:04 PM   #301
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I'm not surprised. Down here in Florida, the big box stores are selling gardening plants that have boldly marked on their labels that they are treated with chemicals that have long been known to be damaging to bees.

Quite discouraging...
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Just to clarify:

They are required to label them (and state that it is harmful to bees) OR
(much more likely) they proudly state that they have been treated (and no mention is made of the harmful effects of the chemical)?
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Here in Michigan, I've seen them labeled something like this: "Treated to help reduce damage by insects and diseases". Putting a positive spin on it and not mentioning that the treatment is harmful to ALL insects, not just undesirable ones.
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Old 01-11-2017, 11:46 PM   #303
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Here in Michigan, I've seen them labeled something like this: "Treated to help reduce damage by insects and diseases". Putting a positive spin on it and not mentioning that the treatment is harmful to ALL insects, not just undesirable ones.
Yes, that is pretty much what is happening here, too. A positive spin is put on the chemical and its efficacy, and they proclaim proudly that the ingredient is included in the mixture. In Massachusetts we have strict state laws about the sale of many pesticides, so I'm rather stunned by the laxity of laws protecting nature and people here.

One good thing: I got my first butterfly in my little pollinator/butterfly garden today. It reminded me of one member here (I forget whom) told me when I was first converting my lawn to meadow. He/she said: Plant them and they will come! Now if I could get some people here in this community to stop spraying for termites (there's no wood in these double wides) and to stop spraying their lawns for weeds...

We're outnumbered!!!!
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Old 01-12-2017, 09:37 PM   #304
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Yes, that is pretty much what is happening here, too. A positive spin is put on the chemical and its efficacy, and they proclaim proudly that the ingredient is included in the mixture. In Massachusetts we have strict state laws about the sale of many pesticides, so I'm rather stunned by the laxity of laws protecting nature and people here.

One good thing: I got my first butterfly in my little pollinator/butterfly garden today. It reminded me of one member here (I forget whom) told me when I was first converting my lawn to meadow. He/she said: Plant them and they will come! Now if I could get some people here in this community to stop spraying for termites (there's no wood in these double wides) and to stop spraying their lawns for weeds...

We're outnumbered!!!!
We sure are outnumbered, Jack! As I've said before, my little yard/garden is an island in a sea of chemlawns. Yay for your butterfly!!! See? They find the "good stuff" when we make it available.
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Old 01-14-2017, 12:40 PM   #305
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We sure are outnumbered, Jack! As I've said before, my little yard/garden is an island in a sea of chemlawns. Yay for your butterfly!!! See? They find the "good stuff" when we make it available.
Here's some good news!!!
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/10/s...pgtype=article
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That is good news.

Now that I'm more active on Facebook than I ever was before, I hope to use social media to help promote awareness.
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