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To: New Zealand garden centres and hardware stores
Save the bees! Stop selling bee-harming pesticides!
We're calling on New Zealand's garden centres and hardware stores to stop selling garden sprays containing neonicotinoids.
Why is this important?
Bees and other pollinators are facing a raft of challenges right now, including pests, diseases and loss of habitat, but they are also threatened by the widespread use of pesticides, including those containing neonicotinoids.
Neonicotinoids are a family of neuro-active insecticides. Neonicotinoids have been found to do chronic damage to bees. Effects include; impaired sense of smell or memory, reduced fecundity, altered feeding behaviour, difficulty in flight, decreased ability to navigate to and from food sources. Neonicotinoids also disrupt bees' immune systems, making them susceptible to viral infections to which the bees are normally resistant. They have also been found to impact earthworms, birds and other beneficial insects.
Other countries have already banned or suspended the use of neonicotinoid insecticides, and some retailers here (The Warehouse and Placemakers) have already stopped selling products containing these chemicals. But products containing them are still for sale in many garden centres, supermarkets and hardware stores around New Zealand.
We would like for these retailers to agree to stop stocking these products and we think if enough gardeners agree, those other retailers might listen.
I am not suggesting this would solve all the problems bees face. But I think there is no downside and a real upside to reducing our use of these chemicals. Plus it is something we can do now. And I for one don’t want to end up wishing we had done something sooner.