July 27, 2019
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Industrial pesticides aren’t nearly as smart and targeted as we might have once believed. The most commonly-used pesticides in crop production are indiscriminate, and poisonous to pollinators like bees and butterflies along with the pests that destroy crops. A class of pesticides called neonicotinoids (or neonics, pronounced ‘Nee-Oh-Nix’) have increasingly been shown to be particularly devastating to bees—which is painfully ironic, given the crucial role that bees play in the production of agricultural crops.
The good news is that several countries have announced or implemented neonics bans related to flowering crops, including the European Union, Canada, and the United States (through a significant chemical permit cancellation, but not a ban). If you’re here in Canada, you can support the David Suzuki Foundation’s call on the Federal government to implement a full ban on neonics. Read and sign the petition.
You can learn more about this class of chemical pesticides by starting off on Wikipedia and following the rabbithole to reputable sites (hint: neocotinoids-r-great.com probably isn’t a credible source of information). If you want to get involved in the movement to ban neonics in your country, contact your local environmental non-profit 🙂
What can you do at home to create a beautiful yard without using pesticides? Talk to your local garden centre about organic, chemical-free pest control methods. You can also replace your sod with heartier ground coverings that aren’t as susceptible to pests, like clover or creeping thyme. Perhaps also give ‘weeds’ a chance—they’re not necessarily bad in your backyard just because they’re unsightly. Plant diversity is a beautiful thing… check out these chic gardens made from common weeds on Instagram.
Don’t forget to check out the fun pollinator-themed design kits we’ve created! A portion of each sale will be donated to the David Suzuki Foundation’s pollinator program. Learn more »