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Cut Flowers—A Major Yet Little-Known Source of Toxic Pesticides

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  • Cut flower growers are among the heaviest users of agricultural chemicals, including pesticides that are suspected of being among the most toxic
  • The pesticide problem is not restricted to cut flowers. More than half of garden plants attractive to bees and sold at Home Depot and Lowe’s are pre-treated with pesticides that could be lethal to bees
  • My recommendation is to forgo both cut flowers and pesticide-treated plants from garden centers. The ideal solution really is to grow your own from organic, untreated seed
  • To help you grow organic flowers, I will be sending out a free packet of organic flower seeds with every domestic order placed between February 10 and February 12
  • If you have your heart set on cut flowers, resources are included that can help you find organically-grown and/or fair trade bouquets

By Dr. Mercola

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, flowers are probably on most people's minds. But did you know that the bouquet you're giving your sweetheart may be loaded with pesticides?


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