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Press Advisory: Cincinnati protest of Kroger annual shareholder meeting demanding company stop the “bee apocalypse,” join Fair Food Program

CINCINNATI – Groups including local Ohio organizers, farmworkers from Florida, students and public health, beekeeping, environmental, faith-based and consumer allies will protest at Kroger’s annual shareholder meeting to urge the food company to change its pesticide policies during their annual event. Groups are calling on Kroger to join Fresh Market, Trader Joe’s, Walmart and Whole Foods in signing on to the Fair Food Program and commit to eliminate food grown with toxic pesticides from its supply chain to help curb the bee apocalypse. Visuals include banners, a giant inflatable bee, a “Countdown to Extinction” clock and a bee die-in action.

What: Protest at Kroger’s 2019 meeting of shareholders
When: Thursday, June 27 at 10:30 a.m.
Where: Music Hall, Music Hall Ballroom,1241 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Who: Ohio community members, farmworkers, students and activists
Visuals: Banners, posters, large inflatable bee, “Countdown to Extinction” clock, and advocates will hold a bee die-in.

Background:
As one of the country’s largest grocery store chains, Kroger’s choice on lax pesticide policies has the power to affect Americans across the country. Kroger continues to sell food grown with toxic pesticides like neonicotinoids, which contribute significantly to pollinator die-offs. The “bee apocalypse” can be avoided if Kroger changes its pesticide policies — committing to eliminate toxic pesticides from their supply chain, provide more domestic organic food offerings and sign on to the Immokalee Workers’ Fair Food Program. Kroger’s annual shareholder meeting is the time for the food giant to hear consumers’ demands: stop selling food with bee-killing pesticides to help stop the “bee apocalypse.”

Communications contact: Kevynn Gomez, (559) 448-7542, kgomez@foe.org
Jamila Brown, (347) 694-8546, press@sumofus.org

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