Let’s make more stores follow!
The decision to ban bee-toxic pesticides comes following public pressure, and follows another German retailer’s decision to ban the herbicide chemical glyphosate – another toxic compound that is fueling numerous problems.
According to a press release from Greenpeace, the chemicals are used on various commodities in Europe:
The UK’s largest garden retailers, including Homebase, B&Q, and Wickes have already voluntarily stopped selling neonicotinoids.
These pesticides have proven to cause problems for bee reproduction, navigation, and foraging, as well as the suppression of bee immune systems. Just this month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its preliminary pollinator assessment for the neonic imidacloprid which finds various residues of the chemical in crops where the pollinators forage, and confirms bees’ widespread and sustained exposure to the highly toxic and persistent chemical through poisoned pollen and nectar.
Sadly, requests for our government agencies to ban these pesticides have been ignored.
Tanks Aldi, for doing the right thing, and protecting the bees!
This article originally appeared at Natural Society.