Update May 2017: HUGE WIN! Global retail megachains Walmart, owner of Asda, just folded and agreed to stop selling neonics. Kroger, the second biggest grocery store in the world, is one of the last remaining holdouts.
Original petition text:
We are experiencing a bee crisis that's putting one-third of our food supply at risk. And America’s food retailers just aren’t taking the problem seriously.
Kroger grocery stores have so far refused to ban bee-killing neonic pesticides, even though mounting evidence shows that these deadly chemicals are decimating bee, butterfly and other pollinator populations. Other grocery giants from Walmart to Costco are adopting policies to protect the bees -- let's come together and pressure Kroger to do the same.
Join us in calling on Kroger to adopt a bee-friendly produce policy.
It isn’t rocket science: without healthy bee populations, we can’t feed ourselves. Corporate food retailers have chained themselves to outdated, pesticide-heavy habits because they care more about their own profits than protecting our food systems. We need to show Kroger and other food giants that not only are bee-friendly products possible, they are necessary.
Consumer and corporate tastes are changing. In a recent poll, 65 per cent of Americans said they’re more likely to shop at a grocery store that has promised to eliminate neonicotinoids. And consumer demand for organic and pesticide-free food is showing double-digit growth.
This is a fight we can win. It’s a fight we’re winning. Costco, Target and Whole Foods have all committed to sell more bee-friendly organic food and make it more visible. A German grocery chain has banned neonicotinoids from its entire European supply line. Over 750,000 SumOfUs members have spoken out against U.S. hardware stores and the bee-killing pesticides on their shelves -- and after years of pressure, Home Depot and Lowe's recently enacted more bee-friendly policies.
Tell Kroger to come over to the right side of history -- commit to eliminating neonic pesticides now.