Following in the footsteps of Lowe’s and Home Depot, which made announcements in 2015 to slowly phase out the bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides in their plants, Costco has reportedly requested that its suppliers end the use of bee-killing pesticides on garden plants sold in its stores.
The news comes courtesy of a report from Digital Journal, which said that the goal is limit the number of “non-essential” chemicals while halting the use of the controversial bee-killing seed coatings.
The coatings are mostly manufactured by Bayer, which has plans to merge with Monsanto still on the table, and Syngenta, the Swiss pesticide giant.
Recently, the EPA named four major pesticides of this variety as a major area of concern: Clothianidin, thiamethoxam, dinotefuran and imidacloprid.
The Costco news comes as a huge win for consumers who have already grown fond of the mammoth, buy-in-bulk grocery stores.
Costco recently became the number one seller of organic food in the United States, and it has upped its commitment to supporting organic agriculture as well.
“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,” said Tiffany Finck-Haynes of Friends of the Earth, which launched a campaign urging Costco to make the change.
The announcement means that supporting Costco is supporting two key initiatives for helping the environment, and helping to stop the mass deaths being inflicted upon our pollinators.
For more on Costco’s plans, check out the full Digital Journal article by clicking here.
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