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Lowe’s will “Bee” Making Changes in Pesticide Sales

Last week, Lowe’s announced it would be actively phasing out and eliminating neonicotinoid pesticides, which are considered a leading contributor to global bee declines, from its stores.

Neonicotinoid pesticides, also known as neonic pesticides, are sold to boost yields of staple crops but are also commonly used on annual and perennial plants used in lawns and gardens, according to an article by Reuters.

With an increase in bee deaths comes even more issue in relation to agriculture, because honeybees pollinate plants that produce about one-fourth of the food consumed by Americans. Lowe’s says it will phase out neonics in shelf products and plants by the spring of 2019 as more alternatives become available, the Reuters article says.

This comes after the company faced protests and petitions at stores across the U.S. and Canada last Halloween, asking it to not be a “little shop of horrors” for bees. The organization Friends of the Earth created the campaign to encourage Lowe’s to eliminate products and plants treated with neonicotinoid pesticides, according to an article by CNBC.

About Renee Changnon

Renee Changnon is the retail outreach coordinator for NRHA. She meets with retailers in their stores and at industry events and introduces them to the services NRHA provides. Renee previously worked as a member of the NRHA communications team. She earned a degree in visual journalism from Illinois State University, where she served as the features editor for the school newspaper. After college, she implemented marketing and promotions initiatives at Jimmy John’s franchise locations across the country. She enjoys exploring books with her book club, Netflix marathons and hosting goat yoga at her apartment complex. Renee Changnon 317-275-9442 rchangnon@nrha.org

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