Home Depot Round up herbicide campaign – initial response

 

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Home Depot Round up herbicide
campaign – initial response

By Nathan Batalion, PhD, Naturopath, Triathlete


(HealingTalks)
As part of my overall “GRO Campaign”  (GRO stands for gently relating to organisms – opposed to the violence involved with GMOs) I have been lobbying Home Depot to remove Roundup from its shelves. This toxic herbicide produced by Monsanto and distributed by Scotts remains on their shelves as if it was just another consumer product. It is something “special.”

What is  Roundup?

It  is the most widely used herbicide or plant killing chemical agent in the world. The explosion in sales for this one herbicide was spearheaded by Monsanto’s creation of Roundup-Ready (resistant) genetically modified seeds. These seeds  can withstand much larger quantities of this, otherwise killing herbicide – thus worsening the poisonous state of modern agriculture.  These seeds are also the basis for the majority of corn and soy products grown in the US. Without going into all the details, there is no company on the planet that is more directly engaged in undermining the vision of Rachel Carson to save our planet from such poisons and make modern agriculture chemically-dependent rather than sustainable. No product is more centrally involved in this than Roundup.

Initial Home Depot correspondence about Roundup

After my first request was an email asking to remove that product. It was addressed to Gladyss Williford,  “Resolution Expeditor” at Store Support Center (and with the motto Customers FIRST). She was pleasantly and quickly responsive. Gladys wrote back by forwarding the following correspondence from Jayme Lyles with cc’s to Michael Mahler and Sarrah S Steiner.

November 2, 2009 Home Depot response

We will be carrying a product next year that is Ecosmart that is safe
for pets and the environment.  Please let the customer know that there
will be safer product alternatives to choose from on next years product
line in the stores. SKU  961 – 047   ECOSMART WEED GRASS KILLER 64OZ
Let me know if you have any other questions or concerns. Thank you-
Jayme Lyles Assistant to Mike Mahler Merchant-D.28O Atlanta SSC-B7.

November 4, 2009 reply

Does that mean you are going to continue to sell Roundup while offering an alternative or are you discontinuing the sale of roundup which would make me feel much better on this subject.

November 4th Home Depot response 

We are not pulling Roundup as this is one of our number one sellers. We will however be giving customers (such as himself) other options. Also, not sure if the same product that is carried overseas is the as same as ours (different regulations as such). Jayme Lyles Assistant to Mike Mahler

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