Lowe’s definitely has good timing. Earlier this month, the chain of home improvement stores announced that it would spend the next four years phasing out products that contain bee-killing neonicotinoids–aka “neonic”–pesticides. The move comes on the heels of a two-year campaign by Friends of the Earth to force the retailer to move away from these toxic pesticides, which kill birds as well as bees and have been linked to colony collapse disorder.
The Environmental Protection Agency recently issued a moratorium on permits to use the pesticides, and a group of European scientists reported on the damage that neonic pesticides present to the environment as a whole, according to the New York Times.
Since a picture’s worth a thousand words, take a look at this NBC news report on neonic pesticides.