Swarming the Aisles II
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. . .
- Read our report, ‘Swarming the Aisles II: Rating top retailers on pesticide reduction and organic food to protect pollinators’
- Read our Swarming the Aisles II executive summary
- Read our Swarming the Aisles II press release
- Read our blog, ‘Food retailers fail to protect bees from toxic pesticides’
- Learn about industry leadership on pesticides
- Learn about Costco’s policy to limit toxic pesticides and protect pollinators
- Read our initial report, ‘Swarming the Aisles: Rating top retailers on bee-friendly and organic food’
- Learn how we’ve moved the garden industry away from bee-killing pesticides
Building on garden retailer success
Due to the efforts of Friends of the Earth and allies, over the past two years, more than 140 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, Kroger 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.
Help us swarm the aisles
Farmers, beekeepers, farmworkers and environmentalists are all demanding change! Check out this letter signed by over 100 groups.
Here’s what we’re asking: