Home Depot Roundup – Part I
Home Depot Roundup – Part I
By Nathan Batalion, PhD, Naturopath, Triathlete
(Healingtalks) I have been lobbying Home Depot to remove Roundup from its shelves. This toxic herbicide produced by Monsanto and distributed by Scotts remains one of the most environmentally destructive and poisonous products on the planet.
What is Roundup?
It is the most widely used herbicide in the world. The explosion in sales for this one herbicide was spearheaded by Monsanto’s creation of Roundup-Ready (resistant) genetically engineered seeds. These seeds can withstand much larger quantities of this, otherwise killing herbicide – thus worsening the poisonous state of modern agriculture. The 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 truly sustainable. No product is more centrally involved in this than Roundup.
After my initial request to remove that product, Gladyss Williford, “Resolution Expeditor” at Store Support Center (and with the motto Customers FIRST) was pleasantly responsive. She wrote back by forwarding the following correspondence from Jayme Lyles with cc’s to Michael Mahler and Sarrah S Steiner.
Initial Emails from/to Home Depot
We will be carrying a product next year that is Ecosmart. It 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.
I wrote back:
“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”
Gladys wrote back:
I will ask that. I have not received a response back yet on another inquiry to legal and consumer relations yet either which may answer this question. I will see if there is a response to this yet also. Thanks,
Then the response came:
We will not be pulling round-up 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 same as ours (different regulations and such). Thanks
Jayme Lyles Assistant to Mike Mahler Merchant-D.28O Atlanta SSC-B7
- Roupup Campaign: Home Depot Consumer Activism
- Home Depot Roundup Campaign – Initial Response
- Scotts Company Letter Home Depot Roundup