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36% of Kroger Shareholders Call for Company to Appoint Independent Board Chair

During the meeting, SumOfUs and Friends of the Earth delivered over 417,000 petition signatures from consumers to Kroger, urging the company immediately take immediate action to protect pollinators, people and the planet by enacting a policy that will help eliminate the use of pollinator-toxic pesticides, including neonicotinoids.

Shareholder Resolution Calls on Kroger (NYSE: KR) to Appoint Independent Board Chair, Groups Also Urge Company to Eliminate Bee-Killing Pesticides

On Thursday, June 22, members of SumOfUs, Friends of the Earth, Pollinator Stewardship Council, and the Ohio Ecological Food & Farming Association, in collaboration with food, farming and environmental organizations, will host a press conference to discuss a widespread effort urging retail giant Kroger (NYSE: KR) to enact a policy that would help eliminate the use of pollinator-toxic pesticides, including neonicotinoids — a leading driver of decline in the bee population. Groups will also deliver over 416,000…

New Film to Promote Pollinator Protection Kicks Off Keep the Hives Alive Coalitions 10th Annual National Pollinator Week

The film shares the stories of beekeepers whose livelihoods have been jeopardized by the continued use of bee-toxic pesticides and urges the government to take action to protect the health of pollinators. Further, it features stories from the nation’s commercial beekeepers as they speak out about issues the bee industry is facing, including James Cook, who drove a truck full of 2.5 million dead bees from his farm in Minnesota all the way to the…

EPA budget cuts ensure pesticides will continue to kill bees

The results of the annual survey of honey bee colony losses were announced today by the Bee Informed Partnership and the Apiary Inspectors of America.

Walmart and True Value to phase out bee-killing pesticides while Ace Hardware lags behind

 Walmart (NYSE: WMT) and True Value have decided to eliminate neonicotinoid pesticides, a leading driver of global bee declines, from company garden retail supply chains.

Thousands of consumers show love for bees on Valentines Day, demand Ace Hardware and True Value stop selling bee-killing pesticides

5,000+ people across the country deliver valentines to retailers urging them to “show bees some love” WASHINGTON, D.C. — This Valentine’s week, over 5,000 people coast-to-coast are swarming Ace Hardware and True Value stores to support the bees that pollinate flowers, strawberries and many other Valentine’s Day essentials. Friends of the Earth and allies are delivering valentines asking these retailers to “show bees some love” by committing to take pesticides shown to harm and kill bees…

Costco urges suppliers to limit use of bee-killing pesticides on garden plants

Friends of the Earth urges retailers to address bee-killing pesticides in food supply WASHINGTON, D.C. — Costco (NYSE: COST) debuted the news that it will take steps to address bee-killing pesticides in its supply chain. Its inaugural bee policy encourages suppliers of garden plants to limit the use of non-essential chemicals, discourages use of neonicotinoid insecticides on pollinator-attractive plants and encourages use of eco-friendly methods of pest and disease control. Costco is also expanding its…

EPA botches bee-toxic pesticide risk assessments

Friends of the Earth calls for agency to ban neonicotinoid pesticides WASHINGTON, D.C. — Yesterday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released its preliminary pollinator risk assessment for three neonicotinoid insecticides: clothianidin, thiamethoxam and dinotefuran and updated its assessment for the neonicotinoid imidacloprid. A growing body of scientific data implicate these pesticides as key contributors to bee declines and as harmful to other organisms that are essential to food production. The updated imidacloprid risk assessment failed to…

EPA pollinator plan does not go far enough to protect bees

Friends of the Earth calls for agency to suspend bee-toxic pesticides WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released its final Policy to Mitigate the Acute Risk to Bees from Pesticide Products, which prohibits applications of acutely toxic pesticides under certain conditions when pollinators are present. The final policy is less stringent than the initial proposed policy in May 2015. Tiffany Finck-Haynes, food futures campaigner at Friends of the Earth, issued the following…

119,662 Americans: Give rusty patched bumble bee endangered status

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service considers granting Endangered Species Act protection to the rusty patched bumble bee, groups are taking the fight to their front door. Friends of the Earth, Environment America, Environmental Action and the Sierra Club are delivering petitions to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife headquarters today signed by 119,662 people urging the agency to enact immediate protections for the bee. The agency is accepting comments on the…