A Toxic Eden: Poisons in your Garden

Flowers and ornamental plants are heavily contaminated with bee-killing pesticides

Publication - April 24, 2014
The Greenpeace report “A Toxic Eden: Poisons in your Garden - an analysis of pesticides in ornamental plants sold in Europe” highlights the wide use of bee-killing pesticides in the horticulture sector.

The flowering plants analysed by Greenpeace consisted of more than 35 popular varieties like viola, bell-flower and lavender that are known to be attractive to bees. They were sourced from gardening centres, supermarkets and DIY-stores in ten European countries. 79% of the ornamental plants were found to be contaminated with bee-killing pesticides, some samples even contained illegal pesticides.

A-Toxic-Eden report