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AUGUST - 2017

 
Ever since we opened our doors twelve years ago, we have felt it is our responsibility as retailers to inform customers about the products we sell. In June of 2013, we removed all plant care products from our shelves containing the class of pesticide called neonicotinoids. This action was in response to an incident in Wilsonville, OR. The Oregon Department of Agriculture confirmed that over 50,000 bumble bee deaths in the parking lot of a Target store were due to the application of an insecticide known as Safari, a neonicotinoid. It was the largest mass bumble bee death on record.

Pollinators & Neonicotinoids

Our customers have asked us many questions regarding neonicotinoids and the plant material we carry. Home gardeners can have a profound effect in supporting pollinators by creating a safe habitat for them. We have taken one more step to help customers make informed choices on the products they purchase.

Our growers have been open and honest in discussing their plant care methods with us and we are now passing that information on to our customers in the form of PLANT INFORMATION TAGS and informational posters throughout the nursery. Look for this tag on plants in our nursery and refer to our list of neonic-free growers that have their business names on their product, making it easy for you to pick out their pollinator-safe product.

Garden Fever has made a choice.

Look for this tag.

Create pollinator habitat in your backyard, front yard, side yard, patio containers, or wherever you have a piece of dirt!
New Information!
Click on this link to view the latest actions taken to protect pollinators in Portland!
http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2015/04/portland_bans_use_of_specific.html#incart_river
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We discussed this important issue with Aimee Code, Pesticide Program Coordinator at the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation and a member of Oregon’s Task Force on Pollinator Health. Aimee has stated, “The weight of scientific evidence supports action to protect pollinators from neonicotinoids and other highly toxic systemic insecticides. Earlier this year, a review of more than 800 scientific research papers was released by a group of independent scientists. The review concluded that current use of neonicotinoids is a key factor in the decline of bees.” Aimee also has stated that despite the scientific evidence now available, current regulations fail to protect bees and other native pollinators from these highly-toxic, long-lived pesticides. http://www.xerces.orgshapeimage_10_link_0
Click here for Garden Fever’s PLANTS FOR POLLINATORS list! Plants_for_Pollinators.htmlPlants_for_Pollinators.htmlPlants_for_Pollinators.htmlshapeimage_11_link_0shapeimage_11_link_1