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“Inspectors” on the risk from pesticides? Another “public” official jumps ship: Thompson joins Syngenta!

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August 14, 2013 spagnola 18x12 italiana 18x12

20130814 corrupted scienceDr. Helen Thompson, the UK government's senior Bee Scientist at the Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA) is officially joining Syngenta, the leading agrochemical manufacturer of insecticides.

This is an umpteenth example of a bee-scientist "jumping ship" to join the company which she was supposedly "regulating" and "inspecting," which proves the lack of a public definition of "inspector" and "regulated".


The European Union warns about Europe losting half of its butterflies due to pesticides and the lack of biodiversity

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July 23, 2013 spagnola 18x12 italiana 18x12

20130723 farfallaThe last report by the European Environment Agency (EEA) - The European Grassland Butterfly Indicator: 1990-2011 (PDF in English) - confirms, once again, that, in Europe, since 1990 till 2011 butterfly populations have declined by almost 50 %, indicating a dramatic loss of grassland biodiversity. Of the 17 species, 8 have declined in Europe, 2 have remained stable and 1 increased. For six species the trend is uncertain.


Vespa velutina: first breeding documentation in Italy

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July 16, 2013 spagnola 18x12 italiana 18x12

Vespa velutina side1For the first time in Italy, reserchers of the Disafa, University of Turin, have reported cases of Asian hornets' breeding.The arrival of such adversity to Italian beekeeping was just a matter of time. Professor Marco Cardinal, from the Department of Agricultural Sciences, Forestry and Food (Disafa), University of Turin, has validated the discovery of a nesp of Vespa velutina Lepeletier (Hymenoptera: Vespidae: Vespinae) at Vallecrosia (IM) on July 12, 2013. There was a previous alert reporting a Vespa velutina male in Loano (SV), on November 2012.


France: pesticides recognized as cause of blood tumors

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July 1, 2013 spagnola 18x12 italiana 18x12

cartello pericolo pesticidi per i lavoratori

The French High Committee for Occupational Diseases in Agriculture (COSMAP), the past 18th of June, highlighted the need to include in the list of agricultural professional diseases the causal link between blood tumors and exposure to pesticides.

As for a similar case of acknowledgment of causality, between Parkinson's disease /pesticides, in May 2012, the debate has raised differences between the Committee members: trade unions, representatives of agricultural workers, civil associations, doctors and representatives of the Ministries of Agriculture, Labor and Health.

Indeed the most important French farmers' union, FNSEA, tried to obstacle the acknowledgement of such scientific evidence, based on the liability resulting from the use of chemical molecules in agriculture.


Bee massive death at Piacenza

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July 29, 2013 spagnola 18x12 italiana 18x12

ape mortaNew bee massive death registered due to clear and indisputable symptoms of poisoning by chemical molecules in an apiary site in the hills of Piacenza (Municipality of Borgonuovo Tidone). In the apiary surroundings there were just two main sources of foraging: alfalfa and corn in the bloom.

The most likely hypothesis is that bee death has been caused by the treatment of maize seeds with the insecticide Santana produced by Sumitomo Chemical Italy, containing the neonicotinoid clothianidin. 

Watch the shocking video.



The EU bans another systemic pesticide: Fipronil

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Updated September 1 - July 16, 2013 spagnola 18x12 italiana 18x12

segnale di divieto con scritto fipronil dentro e con un teschio sotto

Based on the European Commission proposal, the European Union has decided to ban the systemic pesticide Fipronil, for its application on maize and sunflower seeds, because of the high acute risks that it poses on bees. Ban will start before the 31st of December this year. 23 Member States voted on favour of the restriction, 2 voted against (Spain and Romania) and 3 abstained (UK, Czech Republic and Slovakia).

Published on August 14 the EC Implementing Regulation on fipronil (EN)

Read the press release by the European Beekeeping Coordination and Slow Food


July 15 -16: fipronil end is coming!

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July 9, 2013 spagnola 18x12 italiana 18x12

bee voteThe next 15th-16th of July 2013, fipronil, another bee-killer insecticide will be reassessed by a committee of EU and Member States representatives, which will be asked to vote on the European Commission's proposal to ban the molecule for a variety of uses and crops.

For an informed opinion on fipronil, read the European Beekeeping Coordination's factsheet.  

To understand why Member States are going to vote on fipronil and to know more about the EBC's recommendations, read all.  

Professor Goulson’s speech about systemic pecticides’ impact on the farmland wildlife

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June 24, 2013 italiana 18x12

ape fioreNow available online the Italian translation of the speech made by Dave Goulson, Professor at the Biological and Environmental Sciences' Faculty of the Stirling University (UK), about systemic pecticides' impact on the farmland wildlife.

To the readers running out of time, we suggest to have at least a quick view at slide n. 17, which shows the evolution of the yields of oilseed rape in England over the last 25 years.

The graph offers the readers an immediate idea of the relationship between the amount of pesticides used and the associated average agricultural productivity expected.

Since there is no sign of increase in the crops' productivity, few questions arise.

- Have parasites became super-parasites?

- Are agrochemical pesticides totally ineffective?

- And if so, should they be considered absolutely unnecessary? (Is their use inspired by a myth? About the risks of myths, we could just remind how Mao exterminated birds in China based on the belief they were eating all crops... )

- Are farmers or the seed used becoming less efficient and therefore need to be compensated with chemical substances?

The only truth under the eyes of all, is that as the farmers' income per hectare decreases, the agrochemical companies' income increases.

Since the farmer income is calculated by deducting the expenses from the crop's yields (expenses deriving from the production itself: pesticides, seeds, fertilizers, farm equipments ...), then what is occurring is a transfer of the income from the agriculture sector to the chemical and mechanical ones, with a consequent reduction in the number of farmers employed.

Unaapi is thankfull to the author,Dave Goulson, for his commitment to the cause and for sharing such significant and uncontestable observations with our readers.

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