Advisory: Demonstrations by Friends of the Earth to call on Lowe’s to stop selling neonicotinoid treated plants and seeds in Ottawa and Windsor
Oct 27th, 2014 3:18 PM
Media Advisory (PHOTO OPPORTUNITY)
Demonstrators deliver Halloween cards to Lowe’s asking them to stop selling products treated with neonicotinoid pesticides.
Supporters of Friends of the Earth will demonstrate outside of Lowe’s stores in North America on October 29, 2014, asking Lowe’s to stop being a “little shop of horrors” for bees this Halloween, and asking the company to remove plants and seeds treated with bee-harming neonicotinoid pesticides from their shelves. Demonstrators will meet on the sidewalk, Halloween costumes encouraged, and then march into the stores to deliver their Halloween cards. Friends of the Earth also encourage individuals to deliver Halloween cards to Lowe’s stores across Canada from October 29 to 31.
When: Wednesday October 29, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Live blog: Scientists reluctant to speak up on neonics
By Robert Arnason
Canadian scientists who believe insecticidal seed treatments are safe aren’t contributing to the raging controversy over neonicotinoids because if they stick their neck out, fellow academics and environmental groups will chop off their head.
Last week Ontario’s environment minister and the province’s commissioner of the environment both made the same statement regarding neonicotinoids, the most widely used class of insecticides in the world. Glen Murray and Gord Miller said neonics are a greater threat to Canada’s ecosystem than DDT.
Their quotes prompted a slew of instantaneous media reports with predictable comments from environmental groups, agreeing that neonics are killing bees, poisoning wetlands and killing millions of birds across the country.