The snow is melting, the air is getting warmer and you might be noticing the first few buds appearing on the plants and flowers in your backyard. Spring is in the air. But before you head out to your local garden centre to pick up your yearly haul of new flowers and plants, we want to caution you.

There are some garden centres in Ontario that are putting human health and pollinators at risk by selling plants that contain banned pesticides, including bee-killing neonicotinoids, to unwitting consumers.

If you’re shocked and angered by this news, you’re not alone — we are too.

That’s why we’ve helped Friends of the Earth Canada file an application that urges the Minister of the Environment to launch an investigation into the matter.

This isn’t the first time we’ve stood up to protect pollinators, and it won’t be the last.

Pollinators are integral to the overall health of our ecosystems. They help make sure the flowers bloom and our fruits and vegetables flourish — 90 per cent of flowering plants rely on pollinators to reproduce and thrive. It’s clear to see that plants containing pesticides that harm these important species don’t belong in our gardens.

We all have part to play in helping make sure pollinators thrive.

Help us keep the pressure on the Minister to launch an investigation. Give a gift today and help pollinators prosper this planting season.

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Photo by Sara “Asher”, via Flickr. Image obtained under Creative Commons.