They show beekeepers lost 44 percent of their colonies. This makes 2019 the second-worst year for bees since the surveys started almost 15 years ago.
Bees pollinate 75% of our food crops. With their populations rapidly declining —
largely thanks to toxic pesticides — we need all hands on deck to protect them
and other pollinators.
Kroger, the largest traditional grocery chain in the United States, must step up
and do more to protect these vital creatures. We all need to demand Kroger
commit to stop selling food grown with toxic pesticides to protect bees.
As you read this, Kroger’s shareholders and its company leadership are gathering
for the company’s annual meeting. But pollinator protection is completely missing
from the agenda!
We know Kroger can do better. And we know the company listens when enough
of us act. Thanks to pollinator activism, Kroger has already established a pollinator
policy. It acknowledged that pollinators must be protected. In the policy, it committed
to stop selling live outdoor plants grown with bee-toxic neonicotinoid pesticides,
encouraged farmers to move away from using toxic pesticides and towards alternative
pest management, and supported the expansion of bee-friendly organic foods.
But its policy doesn’t go far enough. It doesn’t include any clear, time-bound
commitments to stop using pollinator-toxic pesticides. And without pollinators,
Kroger’s shelves would be pretty empty.
We have the company’s attention — but together we must ramp up the pressure and
demand Kroger kick toxic pesticides out its supply chain.
From butterflies, to bees, to children, to farmworkers and rural communities, we’re
feeling the impact of toxic pesticides on our environment and our health. We need to
get these poisons out of our food system and out of our environment.
As the largest traditional grocery store in the U.S., Kroger has the power to make our
food system healthier and safer for pollinators — and all of us. But it will take a
groundswell of outrage from consumers like you, Joel, to pressure Kroger to improve
its pollinator and pesticide policy.
Together, we can protect both people and pollinators from the toxic pesticides used to
grow the food Kroger sells.
Standing with you,
Kendra Klein, PhD,