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Vermont passes bill to ban consumer use of bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides

The Vermont Legislature today passed a bill banning consumer use of neonicotinoid pesticides by July 2019. During the legislative session, thousands of Friends of the Earth members in Vermont called and emailed their lawmakers in support of the bill.

Amidst “insect apocalypse” Ace Hardware steps up and takes action on bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides
Amidst “insect apocalypse” Ace Hardware steps up and takes action on bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides

For the first year, all major garden retailers are on record committing to eliminate the use of neonicotinoid (neonic) pesticides on the products and garden plants that they sell.

European Union bans bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides

The EU’s groundbreaking ban on bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides is a huge win for pollinators, people and the planet.

Neonicotinoids, Glyphosate & Organophosphates

Neonicotinoids (aka neonics) are one of the most common pesticides used in agriculture and are also used extensively by home and garden centers. Unbeknownst to consumers, many “bee-friendly” garden plants have been pre-treated with these bee-killing pesticides. Exposure to neonics can kill bees directly and also makes them more susceptible to other impacts like pests, diseases, loss of habitat and a changing climate.

Glyphosate (a.k.a. Monsanto’s Roundup®) is the most widely used herbicide in…

Lowe’s to stop selling neonicotinoids pesticides that may be harmful to bees

Home improvement chain Lowe's Cos Inc will stop selling a type of pesticide suspected of causing a decline in honeybee populations needed to pollinate key American crops, following a few U.S. retailers who have taken similar steps last year.

The class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids, or neonics, are sold by agrichemical companies to boost yields of staple crops but are also used widely on annual and perennial plants used in lawns and gardens.

EPA finds neonicotinoids no benefit to U.S. soybean production

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Environmental Protection Agency released an analysis today confirming that neonicotinoid seed treatments offer little or no increase in economic benefit to U.S. soybean production, compared to using no pest control. Across the U.S. approximately 74 million acres of soybeans are planted from neonicotinoid-treated seeds, to which bees are exposed during planting, as well as in the pollen and nectar of mature plants.

Friends of the Earth food futures campaigner Tiffany Finck-Haynes…

Rite Aid releases new policy to limit toxic pesticides to protect pollinators

Rite Aid (NYSE: RAD) has released a pollinator health policy aimed at encouraging its suppliers to phase out the use of pollinator-toxic pesticides: glyphosate, neonicotinoids and organophosphates, including chlorpyrifos.

ALDI U.S. releases new policy to limit toxic pesticides to protect pollinators

ALDI U.S. has released a pollinator policy aimed at encouraging its suppliers of fruits, vegetables, live plants and flowers to phase out the use of chlorpyrifos and neonicotinoid pesticides.

Toxic Acres
Toxic Acres

Since neonicotinoid insecticides were rst intro- duced in the 1990s, U.S. agriculture has become 48 times more toxic to insect life, according to a new study in the peer-reviewed journal PLOS One.

Toxic Acres Study

The study found that U.S. agriculture is 48 times more toxic to insect life than it was two decades ago before neonicotinoids were introduced.