Bee protest Home Depot Liz Welch-OrganicConsumersAssnThirty people braved the Minnesota cold to ask the local Home Depot Hardware store to “show bees some love” on Valentine’s Day.

Babies in bee suits, beekeepers on bicycles, and a slew of other Minnesotans were eager to urge home garden stores to stop selling bee-harming neonicotinoid pesticides — and plants pre-treated with “neonics.” Retailers like Home Depot have a unique opportunity to act as industry leaders by taking these products, known to endanger bees, off their shelves.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is currently reviewing neonics. After 50,000 bumblebees died in Wilsonville, Oregon last year, a bill to restrict neonics made significant progress through the Oregon legislature. And in Congress, new co-sponsors continue to sign on to the Save America’s Pollinator Act.

(READ the story from Pesticide Action Network,

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Photo by Liz Welch, Organic Consumers Assn

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