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Images of a world without pollinators

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June 18, 2013 spagnola 18x12 italiana 18x12

20130618 supermercatoSometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. A chain of American supermarkets, Whole Foods, which specializes in the sale of organic products and fair trade, wanted to show its consumers how their stores would be in a world without bees.


European Week for Bees or pesticides and intensive agriculture?

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June 13, 2013 spagnola 18x12 italiana 18x12

ape stupitaThe 2nd edition of the European Bee Week was held in Brussels from the 3rd to the 5th of June 2013. It was organized by the European Parliament in partnership with the Bees Biodiversity Network, which is an organization supported by the agrochemical corporations.

Was this an initiative to promote bee health or pesticides and intensive agriculture?

The European Beekeeping Coordination and PAN Europe have expressed their specific and well-founded concerns by addressing a letter to the European Parliament members and by circulating a dedicated press release.


France: Neonicotinoid insecticides residues in our food!

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June 9, 2013 spagnola 18x12 italiana 18x12

vignetta cibo contaminatoGénérations Futures, in collaboration with PAN Europe, proves that our food contains residues of neonicotinoid family of insecticides implicated in the decline of bee colonies and urged the French Government and the European Union to take firm bans.


Another knock-out to bee-killer insecticides

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May 27, 2013 spagnola 18x12 italiana 18x12

efsa logoEFSA has released a new scientific opinion: Fipronil as well, when used in seed treatment, poses a high risk on bees.  

The review issued by EFSA under the request of the European Commission, on BASF's Fipronil systemic insecticide, leaves no doubts: the molecule - in all its authorized uses - has an unacceptable impact on bees. Whether there is no evidence that demonstrates the opposite, that is to be safe for bees.

This scientific opinion is to be looked at together with the one issued on the 15th of January 2013, regarding the three neonicotinoid insecticides most used globally. Once again it is confirmed what claimed for years both from independent researchers and beekeepers.

Read also: Le Monde - EFSA Press release - EFSA Scientific Opinion on Fipronil


1° Vignette Contest "Bees for sustainable agriculture"

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June 15, 2013 spagnola 18x12

vignetta concorsoThe National Union of Italian Beekeepers Associations (Unaapi), the Italian Professional Beekeepers Association (Aapi) and the National Consortium of Italian Beekeepers (Conapi) announce the first edition of the National Contest for the best vignette devoted to the issue of survival of bees and insects pollinators entitled "Bees for sustainable agriculture."


Report on the state of nature in the UK

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June 9, 2013 spagnola 18x12 italiana 18x12

20130609 state of nature

For the first time ever, 25 UK's wildlife organisations have joined forces to undertake a health check of nature in the UK and its Overseas Territories.

Their findings are presented in a report titled "The State of Nature".


After neonicotinoids comes fipronil: Europe acknowledges that another pesticide poses risks to bees.

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Updated July 1 - June 9, 2013 spagnola 18x12 italiana 18x12

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On June 13, the DG SANCO has published its proposals to reduce the risks that fipronil poses on bees, following EFSA's considerations.  The proposals are in line with those already adopted for the other three molecules suspended. Member States will be called to vote by mid-July. A favorable decision would mean the suspension of fipronil, for certain uses and crops, starting from 2014.

France declares Parkinson as an "occupational disease" for farmers

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May 12, 2012 spagnola 18x12 italiana 18x12

parkinsonFinally on May 6th a report published by the French Government recognizes the cause / effect relationship between Parkinson disease and the use of pesticides, opening the way to those affected to receive a compensation. 


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