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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.

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…

New Study: Glyphosate Levels in Children and Adults Drop Dramatically After One Week of Eating Organic

The study is the first to examine how an organic diet  affects exposure to glyphosate, the active ingredient in Bayer AG’s (BAYRY) weedkiller Roundup®, the most widely used pesticide worldwide.

Banning bee-killing pesticides in wildlife refuges
Banning bee-killing pesticides in wildlife refuges

Bees in wildlife refuges are losing their ability to navigate due to toxic pesticide exposure. Help Friends of the Earth to protect these essential pollinators.

Bees and other pollinators are under attack
Bees and other pollinators are under attack

Bayer claims to care about bees, yet they still sell bee-killing pesticides. See how Friends of the Earth is pushing Bayer to do better for pollinators.

U.S. Beekeepers lost the second-most hives in history

Beekeepers recorded the second highest annual losses in history, including the highest summer losses ever.

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.