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True Value And Walmart Agree To Phase Out Bee-Killing Pesticides

Danielle Tinker
Beyond Toxics

A Eugene non-profit is cheering a decision by garden retailers to stop selling pesticides that are dangerous to bees.

Walmart and True Value announced they’ll phase out products that contain neo-nicotinoids. Researchers blame the chemicals for recent bee declines in the U.S. and Canada. Lisa Arkin is Executive Director of Beyond Toxics in Eugene. Her organization has been pressuring retailers to stop selling products that contain neo-nics or plants that have been treated with the chemicals.
Arkin: “These are bee-killing pesticides. They kill bees on contact. They also kill them in slow-motion by preventing them from flying or finding their way back home. It’s important that these kinds of products are not used in our home gardens where we’re trying to attract bees.”
Arkin says bees are what are called a keystone species. When they’re not pollinating, that can affect the food system. Home Depot previously removed neonicotinoids from its shelves.

According to the Xerces Society one bumblebee is on the Endangered Species list. 

There are also 7 yellow faced bees in Hawaii that are listed under the ESA.  


Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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