Much of the discussion around neonicotinoids focuses on agriculture, but the horticulture industry also uses these chemicals. In a 2014 Friends of the Earth study of flowers for sale at garden centres in Canada, more than 50 percent of the tested plants contained traces of at least one neonicotinoid. Most shocking was that many of these contaminated plants were labelled “bee-friendly”.
Welcome to Ontario Nature’s new blog series – Conservation science at your doorstep.
The word science means different things to different people. Some people picture lab coats and test tubes, while others think of telescopes or dissection kits. Science does sometimes involve these things, but science is really a set of basic principles that can be applied to any question.