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Ace Hardware Reconsiders Pesticides That May Harm Bees

Ace Hardware Corporation is willing to sell alternatives to insecticides that may contain chemicals that affect honeybees.

Environmental agencies are evaluating if neonicotinoids–which are chemicals used in pesticides–are harmful to honeybee health. Ace may move away from selling products that contain neonicotinoids as alternative pesticides become available, according to the company.

Neonicotinoid pesticides are sold to boost crop yields, but are also commonly used on lawn and garden plants, according to an article by Reuters.

Ace is considering varied perspectives on stressors to honeybee health, such as poor nutrition, parasites, disease and exposure to pesticides.

“At Ace, we’re committed to providing our customers with products that not only meet their needs, but that are also in compliance with applicable laws and regulations from environmental agencies and regulators,” says Frank Carroll, vice president of merchandising. “Ace Hardware will be diligent in working with our vendors to take appropriate action to protect pollinators.”

Ace’s announcement follows Lowe’s recent commitment to phasing out neonicotinoid pesticides.

About Kate Klein

Kate is profiles editor for Hardware Retailing magazine. She reports on news and industry events and writes about retailers' unique contributions to the independent home improvement sector. She graduated from Cedarville University in her home state of Ohio, where she earned a bachelor's degree in English and minored in creative writing. She loves being an aunt, teaching writing to kids, running, reading, farm living and, as Walt Whitman says, traveling the open road, “healthy, free, the world before me.”

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