Action Needed: Tell Lowe's & The Home Depot to Get Cancer-Causing RoundUp® Off Their Shelves!

Craig Menear, CEO of The Home Depot, & Marvin Ellison, CEO of Lowe's

Dear friends,

Tell Lowe’s and Home Depot: Put us, your customers' health first, stop selling Roundup®!

Glyphosate — the key ingredient in Bayer-Monsanto’s Roundup® — is a probable human carcinogen, linked to increased risk of cancer. Last year, a jury ordered Bayer to pay $2 billion to a couple who used glyphosate on their lawn for decades and who both suffered from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. But instead of removing this product from store shelves, Bayer-Monsanto is trying to keep selling this toxic pesticide by settling over 95,000 additional lawsuits from homeowners, groundskeepers, and others who have been harmed using Roundup® on their lawns, local parks, campuses, and community green spaces. Under the terms of the deals, Roundup® would continue to be sold in North America with no safety warning.

Glyphosate doesn’t just harm people. It also wipes out milkweed, the only food source for monarch caterpillars. This has contributed to monarchs declining by 90% in the past 20 years alone. As a biocide, killing living things without discrimination, glyphosate is linked to the decline of all pollinators without which a huge percentage of our food crops will vanish.

Retailers like Home Depot and Lowe’s must play a vital role in ending the use of this toxic weed-killer in our backyards and across the country. But they won’t do it unless they hear from us!

Tell Home Depot and Lowe’s to get Roundup® off their shelves and help save the monarchs!

Companies like Lowe’s & Home Depot must be held accountable until they remove products containing glyphosate from their stores and online — following the example of their competitor, Costco. This would send a powerful message to Bayer-Monsanto that it must phase out its deadly product.

Instead of replacing Bayer-Monsanto’s Roundup® with other toxic products containing glyphosate or equally toxic chemical mixes, garden retailers must offer organic and other safer alternatives.

We need garden retailers to act because all of our government officials and regulatory agencies have failed to protect us, the people who elected them.

Use your power as a consumer — urge Home Depot and Lowe’s to remove Roundup® from their shelves!

This campaign is in coordination with Friends of the Earth, Sum of Us, Green America, Center for Food Safety, Beyond Pesticides, and Kids Right to Know.

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To: Craig Menear, CEO of The Home Depot, & Marvin Ellison, CEO of Lowe's
From: [Your Name]

I am writing to demand that your company protect your customers — people like me who keep your doors open — by removing all products containing glyphosate from store shelves and online while increasing offerings of organic and other safer alternatives. One of your company's top competitors, Costco, has already taken these steps.

Your company must meet the growing consumer demand for environmentally friendly garden products by:
1) Establishing a time-bound commitment to eliminate all products containing glyphosate from stores and online sales;
2) Increasing offerings of organic approved products and other safer alternatives (see the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s list of active and inert ingredients approved as minimum risk pesticides);
3) Assessing the toxicity of all pesticide products on offer with the aim of ensuring that eliminating glyphosate sales does not lead to increased sales of products with equal or greater toxicity (e.g. formulations with 2,4-D, dicamba, atrazine, etc.), and consequently set goals to decrease overall sales of toxic pesticide products; and
4) Publicizing progress toward these commitments to demonstrate that you have taken steps to protect pollinators and human health will continue to do so.

Along with phasing out sales of glyphosate, I urge your company to ensure that its laudable efforts to eliminate neonicotinoids from plants and products adequately address avoiding regrettable substitutes: newly approved neonicotinoids and chemically similar active ingredients, such as sulfloxaflor, flupyradifurone, and glufosinate.

Demonstrate your company’s continued commitment to sustainability by protecting our people and the declining pollinator populations upon which our food supply and healthy ecosystems depend.