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Arnulfo — Bees are in critical danger.
Each year, researchers and beekeepers are seeing weakened and abandoned hives, and entire colonies falling apart in a phenomenon called colony collapse disorder. More than 40% of honeybee colonies died in the past year alone.
But the good news is that we have a simple solution that could begin to restore the bee population immediately: Stopping the sale and use of a deadly class of pesticides — neonicotinoids — that are linked to bee deaths.
Report after report has linked neonicotinoids to mass bee deaths — the EPA has even called them “highly toxic” to bees. But we’ve won this fight before. After huge public outcry and hundreds of thousands of petitions delivered, retail giants Lowes and Home Depot agreed to take actions, like labeling and selling plants not treated with neonicotinoids, to limit bees’ exposure to these dangerous pesticides.
Yet Ace and True Value have not promised any actions to help protect our bee populations. The longer they keep selling neonicotinoids, and plants treated with them, the harder it’s going to be to save the bees.
Bees may sound easy to dismiss, but one-third of the food produced in North America, including nearly 100 varieties of fruits and vegetables, rely on honeybees for pollination. Without them, our national food security, and an estimated $15 billion a year in U.S. agriculture production, are all at risk.
Lowes and Home Depot’s decisions to limit exposure and use of neonicotinoids is an important step to saving countless bees — and that was all because of people like you who took a few minutes to speak out. There’s absolutely no reason why Ace and True Value shouldn’t follow suit — Ace has already indicated that it would be willing to move away from neonicotinoids. But it’s going to take full-fledged commitments to clear their shelves of deadly pesticides to save the bees. To get there, we need to push them over the edge. And that starts with you.
Let’s put an end to these deadly pesticides TODAY.
Arnulfo, we’re not going to be able to flip a switch and save every bee from deadly pesticides. But we have clear steps on how we can get to that point, and it starts with Ace and True Value. These hardware stores rely on you to keep their doors open. If you speak out now, they’ll listen.
We can still save the bees, but we’re running out of time. Thank you for telling Ace and True Value to protect our bees today.
Director of Digital Strategy
League of Conservation Voters