Bee supporters to protest Lowe’s shareholder meeting

Beekeepers and advocates plan to protest Mooresville-based Lowe’s, Inc.’s annual shareholder meeting Friday, pressuring the home improvement retailer to stop selling pesticides they say harm bees.

Known as neonicotinoids, advocates say the pesticide compounds are responsible for large honeybee die-offs. The group behind the protests,, also has various campaigns against other well-known companies, such as McDonald’s and Facebook.

“It’s time for Lowe’s to remove bee-killing pesticides from its shelves and supply chain,” said campaign director Paul Ferris.

A Lowe’s spokeswoman said the company is concerned about bee health and follows environmental studies about the effects of pesticides. “We offer a wide selection of organic pest control products for customers who wish to naturally control pests in their home and landscape,” said Connie Bryant.

The protest, scheduled to precede the 10 a.m. shareholder meeting at the Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge, is set to feature beekeepers and a giant inflatable bee.