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Chemical Overload

October 2, 2019

This month’s blog is a request to all of you to be mindful of what chemicals we pour onto our Mother Earth. There has been an assault on insects that humans consider pests over the last 75 years. The chemical companies have come up with more and more ingenious ways to poison the natural order of life.Unfortunately, these pesticides not only destroy the pests that are targeted, they also kill essential pollinators.

The article below was sent to me by Environment America, and is reprinted with permission.Please, read, and remember that we all can make a difference for good or ill by both our actions, and our inaction. It is not enough to not use these poisons ourselves, even though that is imperative, we must also be willing to go further and do our best to curb their manufacture and use around the world. Please, get involved, write your congressional reps and put pressure on these short-sighted corporations that think only of their profits at the expense of the planet. And those of you with the resources, I suggest you research environmental organizations, and donate to those that do the things you consider important.

Blessed Be,


If 500 million dead bees aren’t proof that we need to rein in the use of bee-killing pesticides, I don’t know what is.In August, the BBC reported that that’s how many bees had died in Brazil in just a three-month span. The cause? Pesticides such as neonicotinoids (or neonics), which are known to be deadly to bees.

It’s the latest piece of devastating news for bees. Here in the U.S., beekeepers lost nearly 40 percent of their colonies last winter –making it the worst winter on record for bees. Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Turkey, South Africa and Russia have all experienced mass die-offs of bees over the past several months. We can’t afford to lose the bees. Bees are essential to our food supply, and the health of our bees is reflective of the health of our environment.

That’s why Environment America is working to stop the most common and problematic uses of neonics. We are working with members of Congressto ban the use of neonics in wildlife refuges – something that never should have been allowed in the first place. Of all places, bees should be safe in wildlife refuges.

At the state level, we’re working to ban the sale of neonics to consumers, similar to the bans our national network helped win in Maryland, Vermont and Connecticut. We’re also working to expand bee habitats by passing state laws to require pollinator-friendly plants along roadsides and other state lands.This work takes resources, and that’s where you come in. Your support allows us to get our advocates in the room with decision-makers in Washington, D.C., and in state capitols across the country.Thank you for making it all possible.

Ed JohnsonPresident

PS from Gaia:

For those of you who are gardeners, here’s a list of brand names that contain neonicotinoids…

-Bayer Advanced 3-in-1 Insect, Disease, & Mite Control
-Bayer Advanced 12 Month Tree & Shrub Insect Control
-Bayer Advanced 12 Month Tree & Shrub Protect & Feed
-Bayer Advanced Fruit, Citrus & Vegetable Insect Control
-Bayer Advanced All-in-One Rose & Flower Care concentrate
-DIY Tree Care Products Multi-Insect Killer
-Ferti-lome 2-N-1 Systemic
-Hi-Yield Systemic Insect Spray
-Knockout Ready-To-Use Grub Killer
-Monterey Once a Year Insect Control II
-Ortho Bug B Gon Year-Long Tree & Shrub Insect Control
-Ortho MAX Tree & Shrub Insect
-Bayer Advanced All-in-One Rose & Flower Care granules
-Green Light Grub Control with Arena
-Amdro Quick Kill Lawn & Landscape Insect Killer
-Amdro Rose & Flower Care
-Maxide Dual Action Insect Killer
-Ortho Bug B Gon Garden Insect Killer
-Ortho Bug B Gon for Lawns
-Ortho Flower, Fruit and Vegetable Insect Killer
-Green Light Tree & Shrub Insect Control with Safari 2 G
-Ortho Tree & Shrub Insect Control Plus Miracle Gro Plant Food
-Ortho Rose and Flower Insect Killer
-Ortho Rose Pride Insect Killer

And here’s a partial list of foods pollinated by bees – just to give you an idea:

  • Honey (obviously)
  • Tree fruits such as apples, peaches, apricots, plums, lemons, limes and cherries
  • Bananas, melons, mangoes and papaya
  • Berries such as strawberries, blueberries, elderberries, blackberries, raspberries and cranberries
  • Onions
  • Almonds, cashews and coconut
  • Avocados
  • Beans varieties such as green beans, adzuki, kidney and lima beans
  • Coffee (!!!!!!)
  • Tea plants
  • Vanilla
  • Sunflower and sesame oils
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Grapes (and, therefore, wine!)
  • Cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, turnips and Brussels sprouts
  • Beetroot, pumpkin
  • Sugarcane
  • Agave (vital for tequila!

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