The Home Garden Seed Association
(HGSA) is a member driven organization
of companies in the garden seed trade. Our goal is to assist our
membership in growing their businesses by promoting gardening from seed
as the easy, economical and rewarding way to garden. At our meetings and
Annual Conference and Summer Trials, we provide members with extensive variety
evaluations, networking, continuing education and roundtable discussions
about issues and concerns shared by member companies and affiliates.
This Month's Featured Article:
Straight Facts About Neonics
Honeybees and other pollinators (l to r: carpenter bee, honeybee, bumblebee, drone fly)
are responsible for producing $20 billion worth of products annually in the U.S. alone.
Their decline has been attributed to a combination of stressors,
including loss of habitat, pathogens, excessive use of pesticides and others.
The problem: A relatively new class of pesticides, neonicotinoids (neonics for short), has been implicated in the decline of bees and other pollinators.
The questions: Are these chemicals used in the production of seed for home gardens and if so, is this use affecting pollinators?
Fact: The Home Garden Seed Industry does not treat packaged seed with any type of neonicotinoids.