Corporate Greenwashing: General Mills' is sending free packets of wildflower seeds to people all over the country, supposedly to help the bees. This is all fine and dandy, except some of the flowers included could be invasive species if planted in the wrong areas. Forget-me-not is banned as a noxious weed in Massachusetts and Connecticut. The California poppy is nice in California, but listed as an “invasive exotic pest plant” in southeastern states. And many of the flowers being given out are not native to anywhere in the U.S., so they are not necessarily good matches for our local bees.
That's not the greenwashing part - just ignorance on the part of General Mills. What is greenwashing is this: One of the major contributors to the decline of bees in the first place is the mass adoption of GMO crops sprayed with glyphosate-based herbicides and the neonicotinoid insecticides used on the seeds. These pesticides are killing killing the bees. And yet, General Mills sources these pesticide-dependent crops for the majority of their products. So General Mills is killing off the bees en mass with the production of their products, then asking consumers to plant some wildflowers. Sorry, but plating wildflowers isn't going to save the bees. Banning GMOs and neonicotinoid insecticides will save the bees. BOYCOTT GENERAL MILLS. Tell them to stop greenwashing.
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