Success: Major Retailer Limits Bee-Killing Pesticide

Target: CEO of Home Depot, Frank Blake

Goal: Thank Home Depot for phasing out bee-killing pesticides and encourage their complete ban

Home Depot and other retailers have said they plan to limit the use of neonicotinoid pesticides, or neonics, which have been linked to honeybee decline. Home Depot says it will require its suppliers to start labeling any plants treated with neonics this year and researching options for suppliers to eliminate the chemical altogether in their plant production. In addition, BJ’s Wholesale Club has also asked its vendors to provide plants free of neonics by the end of 2014 or to label them as being harmful to pollinators. At least 10 other smaller retailers throughout the United States also plan to limit or eliminate neonics.

In Home Depot and other retail stores, plants are often sold pre-treated with neonics. After research showed neonics as being partly to blame, many major home and garden stores in Europe vowed to end the use of neonics, however U.S. retailers failed to follow suit. After more evidence that neonics are to blame in the declining bee population and continued pressure from consumers, Home Depot and other American retailers have begun to phase out the use of these harmful pesticides.

Home Depot and other retailers that are limiting the use of neonics are setting an important precedent for other American businesses to follow. Thank these retailers for responding to this pressingly important issue and encourages their continued research into the complete ban of neonicotinoid pesticides in their products by signing the petition below.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Blake,

Home Depot’s recent announcement that it will limit and phase out the use of neonicotinoid pesticides, or neonics, which have been linked to honeybee decline, sets an important precedent for other American businesses to follow. The decline in bee populations worldwide is a major problem for our future food security and economic and ecological stability. Thank you for listening to consumer pressure and the advice of the scientific community on this important issue.

Many major home and garden stores in Europe vowed to end the use of neonics, however, until recently U.S. retailers failed to follow their good example. Now Home Depot and other American retailers, including BJ’s and small retailers, have begun to phase out the use of these harmful pesticides. Thank you for requiring your suppliers to label any plants treated with neonics and encouraging adamant research of options to eliminate the chemical altogether in your products.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Björn Appel via Wikimedia Commons

Original Petition: Demand Major Retailers Stop Using Bee-Killing Pesticides

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