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OCA's Save the Bees Campaign

National Bee Action Week Draws Attention to the Plight of the Pollinators

Like a bee to the clover . . . last week’s “Show Bees Some Love” actions in seven metropolitan areas attracted local and national media, drawing much-needed attention to the critical role pesticides play in decimating the world’s honeybee population.

Activists wearing bee costumes, singing “Give Bees a Chance” and carrying “Show Bees Some Love” banners swarmed Home Depot and Lowe’s stores in Boston, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Washington D.C., Chicago, Eugene, Ore. and Los Angeles. They delivered valentines and cupcakes. Some even staged die-ins.

But people all over the country, in cities large and small, also did their part. More than 30,000 individuals, including about 13,000 members of Organic Consumers Association, signed up to deliver Valentine Day cards to managers at their local Home Depot and Lowe’s stores. The cards were delivered along with this message: Please stop selling bee-killing pesticides, and garden plants sprayed with bee-killing pesticides. (If you delivered a valentine in your city, we’d love to hear from you. Send your comments, photos and videos to

Home Depot responded to the campaign, telling a CNBC reporter that the retail chain has been “working on” an alternative to neonicotinoids (the class of pesticides scientists now believe play a key role in Colony Collapse Disorder) for “some time,” and that several of its suppliers are already using replacements. We plan to hold their feet to the fire until they follow through.

Meanwhile, Lowe’s is still giving us the silent treatment.

We, along with our allies Friends of the Earth,, Pesticide Action Network and other groups, plan to keep the pressure on Home Depot and Lowe’s. Through petitions, letters, talks with the companies’ CEOs. Whatever it takes.

In the meantime, there’s a bill (H.R. 2692), Saving America’s Pollinators Act, in Congress that calls for restricting neonicotinoids. But it needs more support. And Oregon and California have introduced similar bills at the state level.
And what about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency? It’s been busy approving more bee-killing pesticides. All the more reason for consumers to pressure retailers, and for Congress to act.

What You Can Do

TAKE ACTION: Tell Your Representative: Please Support theSaving America’s Pollinators Act (H.R. 2692)

TAKE ACTION: Tell Home Depot and Lowe’s toStop Selling Bee-Killing Plants

Send comments, photos & videos of your valentine delivery

More Coverage from the Bee Week of Action

Why it Matters: For Whom the Bee Tolls

Press release

Home Depot’s statement on neonicotinoids

Awesome videos!

Chicago Bee Love Action:

DC Bee Love Action:

Bay Area Action:

Photos from national actions & local actions


More here

Eugene photos on Facebook

Bay Area Flickr stream

News Stories:

Bee activists swarm Home Depot and Lowe's

Home Depot, Lowe's Swarmed by Bee Activists

Bee activists swarm on Home Depot and Lowe's

Major Retailers To Be Asked To Stop Selling Pesticides, Garden Plants.

Minneapolis Star Tribune:

NBC Eugene:

CBS Minnesota:

ABC 5 Minneapolis:

NBC Penn:

Real (interview with U Maryland prof)

Live Leak (great clip of DC activists delivering Valentines)

More Buzz



Boston Beekeepers Club


Common Dreams: Show Bees Some Love

Root Simple

Via Organica

Katherine Paul is associate director of the Organic Consumers Association.



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