Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum: 50,000 bee deaths a result of pesticide Safari

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dormantsrule
Jun 25, 2013 7:46 PM CST
http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2013/06/pest...
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stone
Jun 28, 2013 8:05 PM CST
http://www.xerces.org/2013/06/27/scientists-call-for-an-end-...
Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Jul 18, 2013 8:50 AM CST
It's a darn shame! I just don't understand why this country can't clean up its act on unsafe pesticides and GMO crops!
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Jul 18, 2013 6:07 PM CST
One of our members, tinpins, posted about it in her blog as well as it happening in Canada. See:
http://garden.org/blogs/view/tinpins/?offset=5

the bottom half of her blog dated July 9, 2013
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jul 18, 2013 6:11 PM CST
That is so very sad! Sad Crying
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Jul 18, 2013 6:59 PM CST
Well, Linda's signature line sums it up pretty darn well. I copied it below.

"I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority."
E. B. White
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Jul 18, 2013 8:07 PM CST
E. B. White had one of those great minds and he was quite an author. I really believe in what he said in that quotation. Mankind has destroyed too much of the natural world already. It's such a shame!
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Jul 19, 2013 5:14 AM CST
I agree
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jul 19, 2013 7:42 AM CST
I agree I've been saying for a very long time that we humans are destroying this planet. Sad
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dormantsrule
Jul 19, 2013 8:46 AM CST
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I don't know how long this driveway is or what was growing in it but 25 gallons of RU is a lot.
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Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Jul 19, 2013 9:35 AM CST
Just today I received an email from one of the organizations that gives me heads up on a variety of problems that need to be addressed. It was about the pesticides that are killing off bees. I signed a petition about it.
http://org.credoaction.com/petitions/tell-congress-stop-the-...
I'll check out that url also, dormantsrule!

I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
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dormantsrule
Jul 19, 2013 10:14 AM CST
Thanks Linda and signed.
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Jul 19, 2013 7:16 PM CST
Thanks to both of you! Subscribed to dormantsrule's link & signed the petition on Linda's link.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



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dormantsrule
Jul 28, 2013 12:03 PM CST
Frogs ingest pesticides from agriculture fields 100 miles away

http://www.latimes.com/news/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-fro...
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dormantsrule
Jul 28, 2013 12:05 PM CST
Radar antennae reveal how disease and pesticides are harming bees navigation

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/beekeeping/10206225/Rad...
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Jul 28, 2013 5:20 PM CST
I tip my hat to you.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



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dormantsrule
Aug 14, 2013 8:50 AM CST
Retail garden plants intended to draw bees may harm them - By Erika Bolstad McClatchy Washington Bureau

"...The Pesticide Research Institute found that seven of 13 types of garden plants purchased at top retailers contained neurotoxic pesticides that could harm or kill bees and other pollinators...."


Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/08/14/199286/retail-garden-p...
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Aug 14, 2013 5:12 PM CST
Thank you for the link dormantsrule. I have been wondering for some time now if honey has become bad for us. After all, the bees produce honey from the nectar of these "toxic" plants.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Aug 14, 2013 9:08 PM CST
Recently, a native plant group in a nearby town was trying to find caterpillar-safe milkweed plants to buy. It turns out it's just almost impossible. Of the two native plant nurseries in the area, only one verified they truly don't use pesticides on the milkweed at all, but that one couldn't supply many of the milkweed species they wanted this year. They were working with an organization that grows milkweeds for the Monarchs, but then the organization's grower sprayed the milkweed plants when beetles showed up that eats milkweeds. Don't know...it pretty much is true that people need to grow their own plants if they want plants that are truly safe for the insects...or for us, for that matter. Darn shame, too. I'm going to collect Texas Milkweed seeds this year for that one native plant grower that grows pesticide-free milkweed. Doesn't look like I'll have a lot of it...the high heat this summer made the plants shut down on producing seeds, except for a single pllant. Maybe they'll flower again when the heat ramps down in the fall.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
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flaflwrgrl
Aug 15, 2013 5:24 AM CST
Kudos to you Linda for doing what you can to improve the situation.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



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