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Ladies and Gentlemen, Right 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.

PLEASE SIGN THE ENCLOSED EUROPEAN PETITION

After several years of relentless fighting from citizens and beekeepers, the European Commission has finally taken an official stand against three neonicotinoid pesticides which are 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, which 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. Syngenta, 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 of those products on the market. And there will be nothing left for us but to weep!

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In advance, thank you!

1. The text of the European Comission banning three neonicotinoids :   http://www.pollinis.org/IMG/doc/regulation_commission_europeenne_interdiction_3_neonicotinoides.doc

2. The excellent report from the Corporate Union Observatory :   http://corporateeurope.org/publications/pesticides-against-pollinators  Or, here online, a good short resume in french from the Journal de l'Environnement . http://www.journaldelenvironnement.net/article/comment-le-lobby-des-pesticides-se-bat-pour-les-neonicotinoides,34147

3. In early 2013, a report from the European Authority on Food Security (EFSA) confirmed that neonicotinoides represent a major risk for bees and pollinators. http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/press/news/130116.htm?utm_source=homepage&utm_medium=infocus&utm_campai gn=beehealth

4. Neonicotinoids stick to the environment. Half the clothianidine life has been measured by the American Agency for Health Protection. http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/chem_search/cleared_reviews/csr_PC-044309_2-Nov-10_b.pdf  See also the file published in 2010 by J.DeCant et M.Barrett in the review Environmental Protection (pp.1-99) : Environmental Fate et Ecological Risk Assessment for the Registration of CLOTHIANIDIN for Use as a Seed Treatment on Mustard Seed (Oilseed and condiment) and Cotton.

5. 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 as two years after being first utilised and still be found in toxic quantities in the pollen and nectar of flowers that were never treated. In 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 ban on the utilization of this neurotoxine on sunflowers has been imposed in january 1999.

6. ECOPHYTO R & D file of INRA : « Reduction of pesticides ».  http://institut.inra.fr/Missions/Eclairer-decisions/Etudes/Toutes-les-actualites/Ecophyto-R-D

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