There has been a lot of buzz concerning the use of insecticides containing the chemical class of compounds known as neonicotinoids. The greatest area of concern is their impact on bee populations and the effects on other important pollinators.
Tonkadale is committed to eliminating the use of neonicotinoids. Tonkadale will not spray chemicals containing neonicotinoids in our greenhouse or our growing range. We have eliminated neonicotinoid-based chemicals for retail sale.
Tonkadale will work to educate our staff and customers about pesticide-related issues and Integrated Pest Management practices. We will do our best to source plant material from growers who do not use this class of chemical compounds. We will communicate to our growers, vendors and brokers the importance of this issue and the level of concern we are hearing from our customers.
It’s not all bad news. There is a lot we can do to help!
- Become educated. Know your sources.
- Plant plants, especially plants that bees and pollinators love.
- Let your grass grow long.
- Eat organic food.
- Raise bees in your own backyard or place of business.
- Conserve natural bee habitats.
- Read the label. Use all and any chemicals correctly and when bees are not active.
- Talk to your legislators; support current bee legislation.
The University of Minnesota is doing great research: http://beelab.umn.edu/