Moms deserve our love and appreciation every day of the year, but this Mother’s Day, join people across the country as we show our moms, Mother Nature and the bees some love.
Mother’s Day accounts for 25 percent of U.S. annual flower sales. That’s a whole lot of flowers that could potentially be produced using harmful pesticides, including neonicotinoid (neonic) pesticides -- a key contributor to bee declines around the globe.
For Mother’s Day, please send a message to Lowe’s that they need to show bees some love and stop selling bee-killing pesticides. It’s simple and easy!
A.) Share this image on Facebook and encourage your friends to do the same.
B.) Post this message on Lowe’s Facebook page: “Lowe’s, show bees some love and stop selling bee-killing pesticides.”
C.) Click on any of these tweets to tweet them at Lowe’s Twitter account:
.@Lowes: 2/3 of our food crops need bees. Stop selling bee-killing pesticides. #BeeLove #BeeAction @foe_us www.beeaction.org
Mother's Day flowers shouldn't have bee-killing pesticides in them. @Lowes, stop selling neonics. #BeeAction #BeeLove @foe_us
.@Lowes: Stop selling bee-killing pesticides on flowers with no warning to consumers. #BeeLove #BeeAction @foe_us www.beeaction.org
Don't have a Facebook or Twitter account? Give Lowe’s a call at 1-800-445-6937.
Bees and other pollinators, essential for the two-thirds of the food crops we eat everyday, are in big trouble, and populations are dwindling worldwide. Last year, beekeepers reported losses of 40-100 percent of their hives. We expect to see similar if not worse numbers this year.
Last year, our first-of-its kind report found these bee-killing neonic pesticides in the majority of “bee-friendly” home garden plants we tested -- sold at stores like Lowe’s -- with no warning to consumers.
This means you could be unintentionally buying your mom flowers or garden plants that could end up harming bees.
Our coalition and more than half a million people have asked Lowe’s and Home Depot to stop selling “pre-poisoned” plants and off-the-shelf bee-killing pesticides. We’re working with Home Depot to address this issue, but Lowe’s continues to give us the silent treatment.
Lowe’s may think remaining quiet will make us disappear, but we aren’t going anywhere. We know they can make the shift! Europe has already banned neonics, the UK’s top garden retailers voluntarily stopped selling them and now many local nurseries in the U.S. are taking their lead.
For Mother’s Day, show your mom and the bees how much you care by buying organic flowers and asking Lowe’s to take a stand for the bees.
For the bees and our future,
Lisa Archer and Tiffany Finck-Haynes,
Food and technology program,
Friends of the Earth
P.S. If you haven’t yet signed our petition to Lowe’s asking them to stop selling neonic pesticides, please add your voice!