This pledge closed almost 3 years ago
Ladies and Gentlemen,
now in Brussels, a
scam seems to be taking place that will harm bees, biodiversity and all
citizens who have been fighting for several years to ban bee killing
pesticides in Europe and every country in the world. The
alleged ban on neonicotinoids
announced by the European Commission appears to be a scam, thought out by the
agrochimical firms to obtain official agreement for the bee-killing
pesticides they sell.
several years of relentless
fighting from citizens and beekeepers, the European Commission has
finally taken an official stand against three neonicotinoid pesticides
extremely dangerous for bees
Since Associations believed they had
won, they had laid down their arms. But in reality the arrangement soon to be
adopted by Brussels authorities appears now to be a disastrous compromise, dictated by
international agrochemical companies such as Bayer, Syngenta and such,
have been harshly lobbying for months in order to obtain such a result
It is urgent to act before the
Commission takes a stand, if we want to obtain A REAL BAN ON THOSE PESTICIDES.
If we do not react now, this is
what will happen in the next two years:
-Neonicotinoids will continue to be
used on winter crops, thus deeply permeating soil and water.
- Untreated Spring and Summer crops
will become infected by the remnants of those pesticides and will poison bees.
- large-scale bee mortality will
persist, despite the alleged ban on neonicotinoids.
Monsanto, Bayer and all the
agrochemical laboratories will be able to claim that their products have
no effect on bee mortality and will obtain the complete rehabilitation
those products on the market.
And there will be nothing left for us
but to weep!
SIGN THIS PETITION AND SEND THIS E-MAIL TO AS MANY AS POSSIBLE AROUND YOU.
In advance, thank you!
1. The text of the European Comission banning three neonicotinoids :
excellent report from the Corporate Union Observatory :
Or, here online, a good short resume in french from the Journal de l'Environnement
3. In early 2013, a report from the European Authority on Food Security (EFSA) confirmed that
neonicotinoides represent a major risk for bees and
4. Neonicotinoids stick to the environment. Half the clothianidine life has been measured by
the American Agency for Health Protection.
also the file published in 2010 by J.DeCant et M.Barrett in the review
Protection (pp.1-99) : Environmental Fate et Ecological Risk Assessment
for the Registration of CLOTHIANIDIN for Use as a Seed Treatment on
Seed (Oilseed and condiment) and Cotton.
Nenonicotinoids have a persistent
polluting effect on environment in the larger sense. notably on pollen.
Imidaclopride for instance can be absorbed by untreated cultures as late
two years after being first utilised and still be found in toxic
quantities in the pollen and nectar of flowers that were never treated.
2002 and 2003, 69.1% of the pollen
collected by the bees of 25 hives in five french departments, on plants
either treated or untreated , were contaminated by imidacloprid, though a
on the utilization of this neurotoxine on sunflowers has been imposed in
6. ECOPHYTO R & D file of INRA :
« Reduction of pesticides ».