After condemning Home Depot, Lowe’s is the latest target of the environmentalist group Friends of the Earth. The group’s gripe is that the company is selling pesticides that affect bee populations. Consequently, the environmentalist group is up in arms to the point where they are conducting protests at Lowe’s locations this week hoping the home improvement store chain will see the err of it’s ways and stop selling neonicotinoid pesticides.
Friends of the Earth claims that pesticides harm and even kill bee populations which they allege have been dying recently. However, a review of the actual evidence surrounding bee population decline does not line up with what the eco-group alleges. It has been reported, for example, that California’s drought (if not droughts in general) affect bee populations since they affect crop production which means less food for bees to pollinate.
Back in May, the news and opinion website Vox published an excellent article detailing many explanations for bee population reductions. Among the reasons given are a species of mite which has recently been attacking honey bee hives in the U.S. Furthermore, Colony Collapse Disorder (aka CCD) is cited where bee hives have little to no adults among them to keep younger bees in line despite having a queen present.
According to Forbes, even the USDA that has the ability to regulate pesticide use in agricultural production in a joint study with the EPA says the risk neonic pesticides pose to bee populations is low. Will any of these facts matter to groups like Friends of the Earth? Probably not. And despite the facts it won’t stop them from conducting campaigns like this since, by the organization’s own admission via their name, they wholeheartedly embrace the primitive savagery of nature over human civilization.