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A new study by environmental group Friends of the Earth that tested plants purchased at 15 Home Depot stores in the United States for neonicotinoid, a pesticide linked to deaths in honeybees and other pollinators, found 51 percent of plants contained the pesticide, reports The Globe and Mail.
The study also found that more than half of flowering plants sold at the retailer’s stores in three Canadian cities contain the pesticide, the paper said
Farmers say the pesticide is necessary to protect against such insects as white grubs and wire worm, which can badly damage crops, and that it is less harmful to humans than chemicals used years ago, the paper adds. People who want to limit or ban the use of neonicotinoids say the pesticide weakens the insects and should only be applied where absolutely needed.