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Walmart and True Value to phase out bee-killing pesticides while Ace Hardware lags behind

 Walmart (NYSE: WMT) and True Value have decided to eliminate neonicotinoid pesticides, a leading driver of global bee declines, from company garden retail supply chains.

Thousands of consumers show love for bees on Valentines Day, demand Ace Hardware and True Value stop selling bee-killing pesticides

5,000+ people across the country deliver valentines to retailers urging them to “show bees some love” WASHINGTON, D.C. — This Valentine’s week, over 5,000 people coast-to-coast are swarming Ace Hardware and True Value stores to support the bees that pollinate flowers, strawberries and many other Valentine’s Day essentials. Friends of the Earth and allies are delivering valentines asking these retailers to “show bees some love” by committing to take pesticides shown to harm and kill bees…

Bee the Change: 8 simple steps to help your city save bees
Bee the Change: 8 simple steps to help your city save bees

This new guide outlines all of the steps individuals and city officials can take to help protect pollinators. It’s based on the landmark policies of the nearly 100 retailers, universities, cities and states that are leading the way in pollinator protection.

Costco urges suppliers to limit use of bee-killing pesticides on garden plants

Friends of the Earth urges retailers to address bee-killing pesticides in food supply WASHINGTON, D.C. — Costco (NYSE: COST) debuted the news that it will take steps to address bee-killing pesticides in its supply chain. Its inaugural bee policy encourages suppliers of garden plants to limit the use of non-essential chemicals, discourages use of neonicotinoid insecticides on pollinator-attractive plants and encourages use of eco-friendly methods of pest and disease control. Costco is also expanding its…

EPA botches bee-toxic pesticide risk assessments

Friends of the Earth calls for agency to ban neonicotinoid pesticides WASHINGTON, D.C. — Yesterday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released its preliminary pollinator risk assessment for three neonicotinoid insecticides: clothianidin, thiamethoxam and dinotefuran and updated its assessment for the neonicotinoid imidacloprid. A growing body of scientific data implicate these pesticides as key contributors to bee declines and as harmful to other organisms that are essential to food production. The updated imidacloprid risk assessment failed to…

Report: Most top grocery chains fail on pollinator protection

Poll shows 80 percent of Americans support eliminating bee-killing pesticides from agriculture

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A new report and scorecard grades 20 of the largest food retailers in the U.S on their policies and practices regarding pollinator protection, organic offerings and pesticide reduction. Of the top food retailers, 17 received an “F” for failing to have a publicly available policy to reduce or eliminate pesticide use to protect pollinators. Only Aldi, Costco (COST)…

New tests find significant decrease in bee-killing pesticides in bee-friendly plants

Poll shows 51 percent of Americans more likely to shop at retailers committed to not sell bee-killing pesticides

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A report released today showed a significant decrease in the number of bee-friendly” home garden plants sold at major retailers that have been pre-treated with pesticides shown to harm and kill bees. The study of plants purchased at Home Depot (NYSE: HD), Lowe’s (NYSE: LOW), Ace Hardware, True Value and Walmart (NYSE: WMT)

Millions of dead bees, millions more signatures highlight threat to bees & other pollinators

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A truck full of dead bees will make its final stop at a rally outside the headquarters of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this afternoon, culminating a coast-to-coast tour to raise awareness about recent massive declines in pollinators.

While the millions of dead bees will remain in the truck, advocates and beekeepers will deliver over 4 million signatures urging an immediate ban on bee-killing pesticides.

“In the five years since I started…

Farmers, farmworkers and beekeepers confront EPA with 2.64 million dead bees

National “Keep Hives Alive Tour” ends with rally at EPA

Media advisory for: Wednesday, June 22, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Over 40 percent of U.S. honeybee hives die each year, costing the farming and beekeeping industry more than $2 billion annually. On the Keep the Hives Alive Tour, farmers, farmworkers, beekeepers and food advocates across the nation have taken to the road to raise awareness about massive pollinator declines and the impacts on our food system.

After…

Report: Pesticide industry delaying bee protections across U.S.

Bayer, Syngenta, Monsanto influence shaping federal and state pollinator plans

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Amid an ongoing pollinator crisis that threatens our food system, a new report issued today by Friends of the Earth documents how the pesticide industry has weakened and delayed pesticide reforms and is shaping new pollinator “protection” plans nationwide that do little to protect bees, but a lot to protect industry profits.

The investigation, titled “Buzz Kill: How the Pesticide Industry…