One out of every three bites of food we take exists because of pollinators. Pollinators like honeybees, birds, and bats are increasingly threatened, putting our entire food production system at risk of collapse. Honeybees are responsible for half of New York's crop pollination and in the last five years, state beekeepers have lost between 40% and 55% of their colonies. These losses threaten state agricultural production, impose costs on farmers and beekeepers, and suggest the potential for similar catastrophic losses for the state’s 450+ pollinating species, including birds, butterflies, and wild bees.
There is a growing scientific consensus that insecticides known as neonicotonoids are killing honeybees and other pollinators. They’re considered a leading, and preventable, cause of pollinator population collapse. “Neonics,” as they’re commonly known, attack the nervous systems of the creatures that contact them. And neonics are commonly applied to seeds and plants sold at big box stores like Home Depot, Lowes, and others.
Sign our petition--tell Lowes & Home Depot to stop selling seeds and plants treated with neonics! Gardeners and landscapers are buying plants to grow healthy food and beautify their land--they shouldn't be forced to use these toxic chemicals! In 2015 these stores pledged to label or stop selling plants treated with neonics, yet there are still some on store shelves. Tell these big box stores to nix the neonics entirely!
Home Depot CEO
Mr. Ellison & Mr. Menear,
In 2015 your stores committed to phasing out the sale of seeds and plants treated with neonicotinoids, yet there are still some plants sold in your stores treated with these toxic insecticides. Though your companies have made strides in combatting the issue of pollinator collapse, we're calling on you to phase out neonics entirely.
Neonics are killing honeybees and other pollinators. They’re a leading, and preventable, cause of pollinator population collapse. Please commit to completely removing these toxins from your shelves.