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This week, over 27,000 people coast-to-coast are swarming Lowe's & Home Depot stores to support the bees that pollinate our flowers for Valentine's Day. In a coalition effort called the Bee Week of Action, Friends of the Earth & allies are delivering...


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Syd H (48)
Wednesday February 12, 2014, 5:01 am

Help Bees this Valentine’s Day!

Love food? Love flowers? Then we need your help to deliver a “Give Bees Some Love” Valentine’s Day card to your local Home Depot and Lowe’s Stores!

A new study co-authored by the Friends of the Earth and Pesticide Research Institute found that seven out of 13 samples of garden plants purchased at top retailers in Washington D.C., the San Francisco Bay Area and Minneapolis contain neurotoxic pesticides known as neonicotinoids.

Neonics, made by Bayer CropScience and Syngenta, are the fastest-growing class of synthetic pesticides. They’re also linked to the mass die-off of honeybees.

Please sign up to deliver a Valentine asking your local Home Depot and Lowe’s stores to “show bees some love” and stop selling bee-killing pesticides and garden plants pre-treated with these pesticides!


Syd H (48)
Wednesday February 12, 2014, 5:02 am


Syd H (48)
Wednesday February 12, 2014, 5:04 am

For related articles and more information, please visit OCA's Honey Bee Health page.

WASHINGTON, D.C.-This week, over 27,000 people coast-to-coast are swarming Lowe's and Home Depot stores to support the bees that pollinate our flowers for Valentine's Day. In a coalition effort called the Bee Week of Action, Friends of the Earth and allies are delivering more than half a million petition signatures and Valentines asking these retailers to "show bees some love" by taking pesticides shown to harm and kill bees -- and garden plants treated with these pesticides -- off their shelves.

Friends of the Earth U.S. is partnering with Beelieve, Beyond Pesticides, Beyond Toxics, Center for Food Safety, CREDO Mobilize, Friends of the Earth Canada, Northwest Center for Pesticide Alternatives, Organic Consumers Association, Pesticide Action Network, SumOfUs and the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation to turn out activists across the country, including larger actions in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Minneapolis, the San Francisco Bay Area, the Boston area, and Eugene, Ore.

This national week of action is a part of the "" campaign that is calling on retailers to stop selling neonicotinoids -- the most widely used class of pesticides in the world -- due to a growing body of science indicating that the pesticides are a key factor in recent global bee deaths.

Bees and other pollinators, essential for the two-thirds of the food crops humans eat everyday, are dwindling worldwide. Last year, U.S. beekeepers reported losing 40-100 percent of their hives, and they are likely facing another winter of historic bee die-offs. A groundbreaking pilot study released last summer found that many bee-friendly garden plants sold at Home Depot and Lowe's contained neonicotinoid pesticides with no warning to consumers.

"Home Depot and Lowe's need to show bees some love and stop poisoning them with bee-killing pesticides. We're calling on these stores to help solve the bee crisis by immediately removing neonicotinoid pesticides and home garden plants that are treated with these harmful chemicals from their shelves," said Lisa Archer, director of the food and technology program at Friends of the Earth U.S.

The European Union's two-year ban on the most widely used neonics went into effect in December. In January, the European Food Safety Authority cited evidence that two neonicotinoids, acetamiprid and imadacloprid, "may affect the developing human nervous system" of children, and they recommended further restricting their use. The UK's top garden retailers, including Homebase, B&Q and Wickes, have voluntarily stopped selling neonicotinoids.

More than half a million Americans have signed petitions demanding that Lowe's and Home Depot immediately stop selling off-the-shelf neonicotinoid insecticides for home garden use. Friends of the Earth and allies have also asked Home Depot and Lowe's to stop selling plants pre-treated with the pesticides, make third-party certified organic starts and plants available, and educate customers on their policies to protect bees and other pollinators.

"We must take immediate action to address the bee crisis. Europe has banned bee-harming pesticides, retailers in the UK are refusing to sell them, and it's time for Home Depot and Lowe's to come to the table and make a serious commitment to stop selling products that are killing bees before the spring planting season begins," said Archer. "In the meantime, gardeners should start their plants from untreated seeds or choose organic plants for their gardens."

In response to revelations that home garden plants sold in their stores contain neonicotinoids, Home Depot said they would look into the matter and be in touch with environmental groups. They have yet to respond to requests for a meeting. Lowe's has not made any public statements or responded to meeting requests.

The EPA has delayed action on neonicotinoid pesticides until 2018, despite growing evidence that neonics are a key factor in bee declines, and more than a million public comments urging swift protection for bees. In 2013, U.S. Representatives John Conyers (D-Mich.) and Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) introduced the "Saving American's Pollinators Act," which seeks to suspend the use of neonics on bee-attractive plants until EPA reviews all of the available data, including field studies.

*The Report Gardeners Beware: Bee-Killing Pesticides Found in "Bee-Friendly" Plants Sold at Garden Centers Nationwide; tips for consumers on protecting bees in their gardens; and letters sent to retailers by Friends of the Earth and allies asking them to commit to stop selling neonicotinoids and plants pre-treated with these pesticides, can be found at


Contact: Stacy Malkan, 510-542-9224,
Eric Dyson, 202-222-0730,
Paul Towers, 916-216-1082,


Marianne R (62)
Wednesday February 12, 2014, 6:00 am
We need to get rid of all pesticides. Back to organic control of pests

Syd H (48)
Wednesday February 12, 2014, 6:21 am

I agree Marianne, and the other news item I put up just prior to this one talks about that as well.

We are killing all pollinators. Bees are super important but they work in concert with dozens of other bugs that make our world so much richer. All of them are being decimated. :(

. (0)
Wednesday February 12, 2014, 6:22 am
All petitions signed.

Sheryl G (359)
Wednesday February 12, 2014, 9:04 am
Most important and most urgent. If people want to be able to eat with the variety of foods they now enjoy, these bees must be allowed to live and thrive.

I appreciate you placing so many petitions together for us all. Thank you.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday February 12, 2014, 9:37 am
These i'll through tonight-thx Syd

Susan B (6)
Wednesday February 12, 2014, 5:13 pm
Thank you for all the petitions. Hopefully this will be over with everyone protesting.

. (0)
Thursday February 13, 2014, 1:18 am
Thank you. I'm signing.

Past Member (0)
Thursday February 13, 2014, 3:30 am
There's also the love to other living lives

Past Member (0)
Thursday February 13, 2014, 3:37 am

Johann Scheffler (120)
Thursday February 13, 2014, 5:25 am
Someone i know works for Home Depot and they sent over 10 pages of suggestions, including ways to be more ecofriendly, to the company on their own time and the company essentially blew them off with a message of "dont bother us"

Angelika R (143)
Thursday February 13, 2014, 1:23 pm
thx Syd, all actions taken, mosly already much earlier from email, but signed again.

Ed Site Issues V (198)
Thursday February 13, 2014, 1:37 pm
Noted & All Signed , Thanks Syd & Dandelion for the fwd

Birgit W (160)
Thursday February 13, 2014, 1:55 pm
Marianne R. says it all, thanks.

Pat B (354)
Thursday February 13, 2014, 1:58 pm
Thank you, Syd for getting this out here, and Sheryl for FW. Our bees will be happy.!

SusanAWAY A (219)
Thursday February 13, 2014, 2:10 pm
Noted. All petitions signed and shared. The very last petition is now closed.

Past Member (0)
Thursday February 13, 2014, 2:51 pm
Thanks Syd, my husband is an organic beekeeper. People need to be aware that the flowers they buy are also doused with chemical which are harmful, so many have no idea about this. People are starting to get informed about this but we are trying to let people know how important this is. Signed and noted....will sign anything I can to get rid of this chemical nightmare that is putting everything in peril. Thanks again!

Athena F (131)
Thursday February 13, 2014, 3:17 pm
Thanks! :)

S J (124)
Thursday February 13, 2014, 4:55 pm
Done all, but one on FB, thank you Syd and Dandelion for fwd.

Ondine J (134)
Thursday February 13, 2014, 7:47 pm
Noted, thanks this is a vital issue.

Beth Coutre (74)
Thursday February 13, 2014, 7:51 pm
This is such a no brainer. Thank you again for the heads up.

Past Member (0)
Friday February 14, 2014, 3:11 am
I lost account of clicking for petitions and various links...but it worth :)

Syd H (48)
Friday February 14, 2014, 5:30 am

Thank you to everyone who has commented, signed and noted (with special kudos to Dandelion for featuring this in one of her mails). :)

There is also this article on how we can all do our part for pollinators of all kinds (and there are hundreds of others from various insects to birds such as hummingbirds to even bats who are suffering too along with the bees).

Get those FREE MILKWEED SEEDS too that Dandelion links us to, because it's remarkable how many species in the web of life rely on that plant yet that is the plant Monsanto & friends have gone to war with the GMO crops and Roundup herbicide. :(

Oh and, HAPPY V-DAY EVERYONE! Your hearts are precious. :)


Terrie Williams (798)
Friday February 14, 2014, 8:48 am
Thanks so much for all the info and petitions! SSN

P A (117)
Saturday February 15, 2014, 4:00 am
God bless all who manage to take part with this!

P A (117)
Saturday February 15, 2014, 4:10 am
PS -signed every petition on Syd's list - except for two that sneered at my postcode, and the last one for FoE where they had closed their petition - thanks for the list Syd, it really helps to be able to sign several, I'm very grateful.

Shirley S (187)
Saturday February 15, 2014, 10:50 pm
Signed petitions TY

Ann Welton (230)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 10:53 am
Noted, signed all petitions and shared. Thank you Syd for posting and Dandelion for sharing.

Lisa N (202)
Monday February 17, 2014, 5:02 pm
All signed, BZZZZ!!!

Addy S. (0)
Friday May 30, 2014, 3:33 am
I have to say that the information here was the most complete that I found anywhere. I am definitely bookmarking this to come back and read later.

Addy S. (0)
Wednesday June 4, 2014, 2:37 am
Bees are other pollinator insects and flies are essential for food production; we should take all measures to prevent them from facing eradication on hands of chemical pesticides. It’s high time to go organic.

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