Take Action NOW to Help Save the Bees, and Our Food SupplySubmitted by barracuda_trader on Tue, 09/03/2013 - 04:31
New report reveals bee-killing pesticides hiding in “bee-friendly” garden plants
Our just released report has found bee-killing pesticides in more than half of the “bee-friendly” home garden plants sold at stores like Home Depot and Lowe’s -- with no warning to consumers.
Help us put Home Depot's CEO Frank Blake and Lowe’s CEO Robert Niblock on notice.
Sign Your Electronic Letter Here: http://action.foe.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KE...
Write to them now, insisting that they stop selling plants laced with bee-killing pesticides immediately and pull all bee-killing poisons from their shelves.
The global bee die-off keeps getting worse: 50,000 bumble bees found dead in a Target parking lot in Portland, 37 million bees dead on one farm in Ontario, beekeepers across the country losing up to 90 percent of their bees last winter.
Please join us in asking the CEOs of Lowe’s and Home Depot, Robert Niblock and Frank Blake, to give bees a chance and stop selling bee-killing pesticides.
Sign Your Electronic Letter Here: http://action.foe.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=14141
Dear CEOs, A growing body of science has implicated neonicotinoids (neonics), the world’s most widely used pesticide, as a key factor in recent global bee die-offs. Unfortunately, many of the “bee-friendly” seedlings and plants sold to unsuspecting consumers in your stores have been pre-treated with neonicotinoids at much higher doses than are used on farms, where levels of neonicotinoid use are already raising concerns among beekeepers and scientists. Because there is no clear labeling to indicate the presence of neonics in nursery plants, customers like me may unknowingly purchase pre-treated “bee-friendly” plants with the intent of providing habitats for bees and other pollinators, but end up causing them harm. Obviously, this situation does not benefit bees, customers like me, or my trust in you as a retailer. The EU has suspended popular neonics and a majority of the UK’s largest home improvement retailers, including Homebase, B&Q and Wickes, have made public commitments to no longer sell products containing pesticides linked to declining bee populations. As a concerned customer I ask that you show similar leadership and commit to not sell neonicotinoid pesticides, as well as plants pretreated with these pesticides to protect honey bees and other pollinators essential to our food supply and the environment.
Video: Tests Tie Bee Die-Offs to Pretreated Plants Sold at Garden Centers
There are about 100 crop species that provide 90 percent of food globally and, of these, 71 are pollinated by bees. In the US alone, a full one-third of the food supply depends on pollination from bees. I mention this to stress the full ramifications of bee die-offs, which continue unabated.
Last winter, beekeepers across the US reported losing anywhere from 40 percent to 90 percent of their hives, and many of the 6,000 almond orchard owners in California could not find enough bees to pollinate their almond trees, at any price, this year.