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Just the Beeginning

They showed up in bee costumes. Carrying Valentine’s Day cards and cookies. Singing give bees a chance. To add a little theater to the mix, some of them staged bee die-ins.

Activists in Boston, Chicago, Eugene, Ore., Minneapolis, Washington D.C. and San Francisco converged on their local Home Depot and Lowe’s stores last week with this message: Show bees some love. Stop selling garden plants coated in bee-killing pesticides. 

The demonstrations were part of a national Bee Week of Action which included deliveries of valentines to managers of Home Depot and Lowe’s stores, coast to coast. 

The actions, organized by Friends of the Earth, the Organic Consumers Association and 10 other groups, included collecting more than a half million signatures on petitions to Home Depot and Lowe’s, and sending letters to the CEOs of both companies. 

Home Depot responded to say the company is working on a policy to address neonics. We’re hopeful Lowe’s will reach out soon. 

This was just the beginning of what will be a sustained campaign to educate consumers and press retailers to replace bee-killing plants with organic, pesticide-free alternatives. Stay tuned. In the meantime, here are some highlights from last week's actions. 

Chicago video

Minneapolis press coverage

Washington D.C. videos here and here

Read the press release

Campaign closed

The EPA is letting the chemical companies get away with murder. For years, the agency has done nothing to stop Bayer and Monsanto, the leading bee-killers.  Now, the EPA is considering petitions from Dow and Syngenta to expand and increase the use of two insecticides, sulfoxaflor and thiamethoxam. Both belong to the neonicotionid class of pesticides implicated in the mass die-off of bees, known…

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