Wednesday, 30 January 2013

TO ALL LEADING UK SUPERMARKETS: Please remove bee-killing pesticides from your shelves!

Please write to all of the above and any other addresses you can find. If you are not in the UK, send something similar to your own supermaket HQs.

Dear Sirs,

You will be aware by now that two leading UK retailers are to remove products containing neonicotinoids from their shelves:

We ask you to follow their example and make a point of demonstrating your 'bee-friendly' credentials to your customers, who will, I am sure, respond positively.

The European Food Standards Authority has established that neonicotinoids pose an unacceptable risk to bees and there is considerable scientific evidence that they are also lethal to other important pollinators.
Friends of the Bees request that you consider:
1. Removing all garden products, include lawn treatments, and spray presticides containing neonicotinoids, from your shelves.

2. Ensuring that suppliers of plants, bulbs and seeds have not and will not use neonicotinoids in soil, or neonicotinoid treated bulbs and seeds.
Neonicotinoids include the following chemicals (some not present currently in garden products, but for your information): imidacloprid, thiamethoxam, thiacloprid, clothiandin, Acetimacloprid, Dinotefuran and Nitenpyram.

Philip Chandler
Friends of the Bees Ltd


  1. Fine, I've posted to all of them. Hope it helps

  2. Even more important now that the UK Government failed to support the EU move to ban nicotinoids for 2 years.