New Bee-Friendly Retailer Scorecard Shows Half of Major U.S. Food Retailers Have Pesticide Policies but Progress Falls Short to Protect Bees

by Kendra Klein, PhD, Deputy Director for Science

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  • Five companies improved their scores this year: Costco moved from a C to C+, CVS from a D- to D+, Dollar Tree added points within the D range, Southeastern Grocers moved from an F to a D, and Walmart from a C+ to a B-.
  • Two companies created new policies addressing pesticides in their supply chains — CVS and Southeastern Grocers — making twelve major grocery retailers in all.
  • Dollar Tree no longer sells neonicotinoid or glyphosate products, joining six other companies.
  • Walmart is tracking use of neonicotinoids and chlorpyrifos in its global fresh produce supply chain via The Sustainability Insight System (THESIS) of The Sustainability Consortium.
  • More companies are disclosing organic sales data — Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Ahold Delhaize, Costco, Walmart, CVS and Meijer provided organic sales data publicly or to Friends of the Earth.
  • Research shows that organic farming can help reverse pollinator declines and can support up to 50 percent more pollinating species than conventional agriculture. Just two of the largest U.S. grocers — Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s — have met the goal set by Friends of the Earth to expand organic offerings to 15 percent of overall sales by 2025.

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