Target: Lowe’s CEO Robert A. Niblock
Goal: Praise decision to remove pesticides that threaten the bee population off Lowe’s shelves.
Deadly pesticides known as neonicotinoids will no longer be in products carried by Lowe’s Home Improvement stores, which will help protect declining bee populations.
Lowe’s has decided to phase out products containing these pesticides, also known as neonics, because of recent studies that point to neonics as the cause of the decline of important pollinators such as bees. The studies suggest that these pesticides lead to colony collapse disorder (CCD), wherein bees wake from their winter sleep and abandon their hives, ultimately killing themselves in the process.
Bees are important for the health of the ecosystem and play a large part in plant reproduction. They also affect the health of birds, butterflies, earthworms, and other wildlife. Even the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has stated in recent reports that the use of neonics aren’t worth the risk for farmers who see little improvement on their crop yields. Neonics are used by farmers who hope to increase their crop yield, but these pesticides do more damage than good.
It is good to know that Lowe’s is listening to consumer concerns and taking this issue seriously. Please sign the petition below to thank Lowe’s for their efforts to find a working solution to the bee crisis caused by harmful pesticides.
Dear Mr. Niblock,
I would like to thank you for your decision to remove products containing harmful pesticides from Lowe’s shelves. This decision will benefit the bees who suffer from these pesticides and also the environment as a whole.
Neonicotoids, or neonics, have been reported to cause colony collapse disorder (CCD), wherein bees wake from their winter sleep to abandon their hives and die. We need these bees to pollinate plants and support plant reproduction. Our ecosystem depends on their healthy hives and we cannot continue our use of neonics if we want to see a healthy bee population.
In addition, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reported that farmers see little benefit from using neonicotoids in their practices, so there is no reason to use such harmful pesticides. With little benefit and great risk, we cannot afford to continue promoting products with neonics in them if we want to sustain a healthy bee population and in turn, healthy plant production.
I hope you continue your efforts to support healthy ecosystems and promote pesticide-free products in your store.
[Your Name Here]
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