Consumers Urge Garden Store Giants to Stop Selling Neonicotinoid Pesticides

Sign the petition created by to ask Home Depot, Lowe’s and other major garden stores to stop selling neonicotinoids — the bee-killing ingredient commonly found in pesticides.

| June 06, 2013

Press release from SumOfUs.

More than 125,000 people are joining with, a global consumer watchdog organization, in urging the Home Depot and Lowe’s, America’s largest garden supply stores, to stop selling bee-poisoning pesticides containing neonicotinoids and join in the national effort to save America’s bees.

View the petition here.

“Lowe's and Home Depot still stock their shelves with neonicotinoid pesticides, spreading the ecosystem-destroying toxin to homes and gardens across the United States,” said Kaytee Riek, campaign manager for “As consumers, we need to demand that these retailers pull the devastating pesticides from the shelves.”

“With up to a third of all honeybees vanishing each winter, beekeepers are saying that we are ‘on the brink’ of not being able to pollinate all our crops,” added Riek. “This is a global emergency.”

Scientists studying the massive global bee die-off have unearthed a slew of evidence on the devastation across the food chain caused by the most widely-used pesticide on Earth, neonicotinoids. Once they enter the water supply, neonicotinoids wipe out dragonflies, snails and other waterborne life. One of the reasons these pesticides are so toxic is that they don't simply coat the surface — neonicotinoids are absorbed into the plant itself. Honeybees that stop by later to pollinate the crops quickly accrue a lethal dose in their systems as they wander from flower to flower. The neurotoxin scrambles their system of navigation and other critical parts of the bee's brains. Even when it doesn't kill the bees outright, neonicotinoids alter immune system function in bees, making them more vulnerable to parasitic infections that are spreading through bee populations like wildfire. 

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