For Immediate Release

Organization Profile: 

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.

PORTLAND, ME - 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.


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The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) is an online and grassroots non-profit 501(c)3 public interest organization campaigning for health, justice, and sustainability. The OCA deals with crucial issues of food safety, industrial agriculture, genetic engineering, children's health, corporate accountability, Fair Trade, environmental sustainability and other key topics. We are the only organization in the US focused exclusively on promoting the views and interests of the nation's estimated 50 million organic and socially responsible consumers.

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