Great news from Minnesota – Consumers won’t be duped into buying plants that kill pollinators!
Saw this posted recently — we need this in Virginia!
Pollinator plant labeling passes the Minnesota legislature
Dan Gunderson May 15, 2014
The Minnesota House and Senate have approved a bill designed to protect bees and other pollinators from systemic insecticides in garden plants.
The legislation says, “A person may not label or advertise an annual plant, bedding plant, or other plant, plant material, or nursery stock as beneficial to pollinators if the annual plant, bedding plant, plant material, or nursery stock has been treated with and has a detectable level of systemic insecticide.”
University of Minnesota bee expert Marla Spivak says the legislation is an important protection for bees and reflects a new consumer demand.
“Nurseries, to stay in business, will have to pay attention to this new and strong consumer demand,” she said.