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For Immediate Release

Katherine Paul. 207.653.3090

New Tests Find Bee-Killing Pesticides in 'Bee-Friendly' Plants

Results revealed at press conference Wednesday, June 25, 11 a.m.


Many "bee friendly" home garden plants sold at major garden retailers have been pre-treated with pesticides shown to harm and kill bees. A new study to be released on 6/25 will reveal the results of the largest project to date to test home garden plants for the presence of bee harming neonicotinoid pesticides.

At a press conference held in front of the Honey Exchange on Stevens Avenue in Portland, Maine, the Organic Consumers Association will reveal testing results in Portland, the response of the stores, and what gardeners can do to protect bees in their gardens.

WHEN:Wednesday, June 25, 2014, 11 a.m.

WHERE: The Honey Exchange, 494 Stevens Avenue, Portland, Maine

WHO: The Organic Consumers Association


Meghan Gaven, Owner, The Honey Exchange, Portland. 207.773.9333.

Chad Churchill, Nursery Manager, Highland Avenue Greenhouse, Scarborough. 207.883.2861.

Erin MacGregor-Forbes, Master Beekeeper, Past-President of the Maine Beekeepers Association, and Owner of Overland Apiaries, 207.838.4046.


Christine Viscone, Owner, Highland Avenue Greenhouse, Scarborough. 207.730.3077.

The full report will be available at on June 25.

Press release will be posted at on Wednesday, June 25, 2014.

The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) is an online and grassroots 501(c)3 nonprofit public interest organization, and the only organization in the U.S. focused exclusively on promoting the views and interests of the nation's estimated 50 million consumers of organically and socially responsibly produced food and other products. OCA educates and advocates on behalf of organic consumers, engages consumers in marketplace pressure campaigns, and works to advance sound food and farming policy through grassroots lobbying. We address crucial issues around food safety, industrial agriculture, genetic engineering, children's health, corporate accountability, Fair Trade, environmental sustainability, including pesticide use, and other food- and agriculture-related topics.