Tell Kroger to say NO to bee-killing pesticides!

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Dear Mr. McMullen,

Bees are essential to the production of one out of every three bites of food we eat. Without them, Kroger would run out of many of the most delicious and nutritious products it sells such as strawberries, almonds, apples and broccoli. Between $235 billion and $577 billion worth of annual global food production relies on direct contributions by pollinators. A growing body of science points to the world’s most widely-used insecticides, neonicotinoids, as a leading factor in bee declines, and glyphosate, the most widely-used herbicide worldwide, as a key culprit in monarch butterfly declines. 

I am a customer at your store. I urge you to help protect bees, butterflies and other pollinators, upon which our food supply depends, by committing to establish a pollinator protection policy that includes the phase out of pollinator-toxic pesticides, including neonicotinoids and glyphosate, in your company’s supply chain and encourage suppliers to employ alternative pest management strategies. Kroger is in a position to significantly defend our pollinators, and you must act now to be a leader on this issue.

A new report by Friends of the Earth, Swarming the Aisles: Rating top retailers on bee-friendly and organic food, grades 20 of the largest food retailers in the U.S on their policies and practices regarding pollinator protection, organic offerings and pesticide reduction. Of the top food retailers, 17 received an “F” for failing to have a publicly available policy to reduce or eliminate pesticide use to protect pollinators. Kroger received an F for pollinator protection as well.

As one of your customers and because you are the second largest traditional supermarket in the U.S., I urge you to be a leader on this issue. I call on your company to adopt formal policies to stop selling food grown with neonicotinoids, glyphosate and other pollinator toxic pesticides.

Some of your major competitors such as ALDI and Whole Foods have recognized this trend and taken significant steps to increase organic offerings and ban or restrict harmful chemicals. Most recently, Walmart decided to eliminate neonicotinoids in garden products and plants, and Costco pledged to phase them out of garden plants. These companies join over 110 garden retailers that have taken steps to eliminate neonicotinoids on the plants and products the stores sell. 

As a concerned customer, I ask that you help protect the bees and our food supply by committing to take major steps to eliminate food produced with pollinator-toxic pesticides.

Thank you.



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