Swarming the Aisles

How does your grocer measure up?

Without pollinators, grocery stores would run short of some of our most important and nutritious foods, from nuts and berries to tomatoes and coffee. Learn more.

What can grocers do? They can push to get pollinator-toxic pesticides out of their supply chains and help organic farms flourish. Organic farming is healthier for bees, butterflies, people and the planet.

But most food retailers have a long way to go. . .

Swarming the Aisles 

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Take action

Ask your Senator: Co-sponsor Sen. Merkley’s Pollinator Recovery Act of 2017!

Tell Kroger: Say NO to bee-killing pesticides and YES to bee-friendly organic!

Help us swarm the aisles

Farmers, beekeepers, farmworkers and environmentalists are all demanding change! Check out this letter signed by over 50 groups.

Here’s what we’re asking:

  • Establish a pollinator protection policy that includes the phase out of neonicotinoids, glyphosate, chlorpyrifos and other pollinator toxic pesticides in the company’s supply chain and encourages suppliers to employ least-toxic alternative pest management strategies.
  • Increase USDA certified organic food and beverages to 15 percent of overall offerings by 2025, prioritizing domestic producers.
  • Track and publicly disclose company policies and progress related to these actions.

Building on garden retailer success

Great news! Due to the efforts of Friends of the Earth and allies, over the past two years, more than 110 garden retailers, nurseries and landscaping companies, including the two largest home improvement retailers in the world, Home Depot and Lowe’s, as well as Costco, Wal-Mart, True Value and Whole Foods, have committed to take steps to eliminate neonicotinoids.

Our members helped make this happen by signing petitions, delivering letters, making phone calls and showing up in person at the retailers to demand change. Thank you to the over half million people who made their voices heard!

Check out this list of participating retailers.