Costco Joins Home Depot And Lowe's In Eliminating Bee-Killing Pesticides

February 17, 2017

As part of a Friends of the Earth initiative, Costco has demanded that its suppliers end the use of bee-killing pesticides on garden plants sold in its stores.

Other retailers who have eliminated the use of pesticides include Home Depot and Lowe's.

Costco calls for end to bee-killing pesticides
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These decisions come following a Friends of the Earth campaign urging Costco, along with other major retailers, to stop using neonicotinoids, which are harmful to bees.

A growing body of scientific data implicate these pesticides as key contributors to bee declines and as harmful to other organisms that are essential to food production.

The Friends of the Earth campaign appears to be paying dividends, with the environmental activist organization predicting that the number of plants from retailers which tested that contained neonicotinoids having decreased by 51 percent.


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At the same time, Costco aims to increase its range of organic products. This forms part of the wider Costco Sustainability Commitment, which the retailer has published on it's website.

"Costco's decision to limit these bee-killing pesticides on garden plants and increase its selection of organic products demonstrates it is listening to its customers and taking into account the most up-to-date sound science," Friends of the Earth U.S. spokesperson Tiffany Finck-Haynes said.

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