“Roses are red, violets are blue, we need bees, and bees need you,” said Lisa Archer of Friends of the Earth (FOE). “No strawberries, no honey -- without bees Valentine’s Day just wouldn’t be the same.”
Bees pollinate two thirds of our global food crops and they are in trouble. Last year U.S. beekeepers reported 40-100 percent loss of their hives, and right now they are likely facing another winter of historic bee die-offs
FOE is asking people from coast-to-coast to swarm Home Depot and Lowe’s stores the week of Valentine’s Day (February 10-16) with a special valentine:
“We want as many people as possible to deliver our valentines, asking these stores to 'show bees some love' and stop selling bee-killing pesticides and garden plants pre-poisoned with harmful chemicals," said Archer. "Planting season is right around the corner. We can’t let another year pass with Home Depot and Lowe’s selling 'poisoned plants' with no warning to consumers."
Neonicotinoid pesticides (also called “neonics”) are killing bees; that’s why Europe is banning them. Yet these bee-killing pesticides were found in more than half of the “bee-friendly” home garden plants sold at stores like Home Depot and Lowe’s.
TAKE ACTION: Deliver a valentine to Home Depot and Lowe’s. Click here to receive your printable valentine and a step-by-step guide on what to do next.
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