Kroger Phasing Out Neonicotinoid-Treated Plants by 2020
Growers who supply plants to Kroger should be aware that The Kroger Co. recently announced a new policy to protect pollinators that includes a commitment to phase out sourcing of live garden plants in stores and garden centers that have been treated with neonicotinoids by 2020.
In a statement from the company, Kroger says it remains open to continued engagement and dialogue with stakeholders on this important topic and will revisit and update its policy in the future.
The new policy is highlighted below.
Commitment to Phase Out Neonicotinoid-Treated Outdoor Plants
“The Kroger Co. recognizes the global honey bee population is vulnerable, with research indicating that a cause may include the use of pesticides containing neonicotinoids. Due to the potential risk to the honey bee population, the company is committing to eliminate the sourcing of live outdoor plants in stores and garden centers that have been treated with pesticides containing these neonicotinoids by the year 2020. This policy is inclusive of outdoor plants known to be pollinated by honey bees or known to attract honey bees.
“Today, the majority of live plant sales in Kroger’s garden center and outdoor floral selection are not treated with neonicotinoids during the growing process. Kroger’s suppliers are actively seeking alternative options for the remaining products, and the company says it’s committed to working with them to ensure proper alternatives have been identified by 2020. They will also track, measure, and report on their progress against this commitment.
“Kroger will rely on the expertise of the U.S Environmental Protection Agency and other scientific experts to evaluate any possible updates to this policy.”