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Lowe’s CEO Robert Niblock

Bees are essential for one out of three bites of food we eat.  But they
are being wiped out by the indiscriminant use of bee-toxic pesticides
called neonicotinoids, or “neonics.” Many “bee friendly” home garden
plants sold at Lowe’s and other leading garden centers have
been pre-treated with pesticides shown to harm and kill bees, according
to a new, first-of-its-kind pilot study released this week.

A growing body of science shows that these pesticides are a key
factor in the global bee die off known as Colony Collapse Disorder.
Retailers should stop the sale of neonicotinoid pesticides and
neonicotinoid-treated seeds and plants to protect honey bees and other
pollinators essential to our food supply and the environment.

The EU has banned 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. We call on to Lowe's to join
these leaders in protecting bees and other vital pollinators by making
this same commitment to protect honey bees and other pollinators
essential to our food supply and the environment by removing neonic
pesticides and neonic-treated seeds and plants from your stores.

Signed,

Center for Food Safety

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Bees are essential for one out of every three bites of food we eat.  But
they are being wiped out by the indiscriminant use of bee-toxic pesticides called neonicotinoids, or "neonics." These...

Bees are essential for one out of every three bites of food we eat.  But
they are being wiped out by the indiscriminant use of bee-toxic pesticides called neonicotinoids, or "neonics." These neonics are everywhere -- in commercial agriculture, on the shelf of your local garden stores, and as it turns out -- even in the plants and seeds we buy from nurseries, with no warning to the consumer.

Many "bee friendly" home garden plants sold at Lowe's and other leading garden centers have been pre-treated with pesticides shown to harm and kill bees. Leading home and garden stores in Europe have already taken neonics off the shelves–it's time for Lowe's to do the same. While pesticides like neonics may not be the only factor in bee die offs, they are a significant factor, and one that we can do something about.

Tell Lowe's to rid their stores of bee-toxic pesticides and garden plants!

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