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Long Island: pesticides found in drinking water

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April 19, 2013 spagnola 18x12 italiana 18x12

rubinetto da dove cade una goccia di acqua con facia di teschio. Fondo azzurroThe American Bird Conservancy has published a new report on contamination of water with pesticides (pdf. 1,17 MB). The ABC adverts that we should be looking at possible links between neonicotinoid insecticides and birds, not on a farm scale, but in the context of whole watersheds and regions. It warns: "chemical contamination of the environment is already creating a crisis in human health".

 

The systemic insecticides: a disaster in the making

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Updated May 30 - April 19, 2013 spagnola 18x12 italiana 18x12

copertina del libro A disaster in the makind del dottore tennekes. Ombre di un bosco in verdeAvailable online the lecture presented by Dr. Tennekes at the Hampshire Beekeepers Association Convention, translated into Italian and Spanish by the Unaapi.

Henk Tennekes, from Experimental Toxicology Services Nederland at Zutphen, has studied with a holistic approach the distribution of neonicotinoids in the environment and their possible effects on pollinators and on the animals further up the food chain.

 

USA/bees/pesticides: lawsuit against the EPA

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April 10, 2013 spagnola 18x12  italiana 18x12

Cartello dell'associazione consomatori biologici degli stati uniti di aperica chiedendo che l'epa vieti i neonicotinoidi. Ape morta con scritte intornoA coalition of beekeepers, consumers and environmental groups filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) "for its failure to protect pollinators from dangerous pesticides".

In fact, in 2003, EPA "approved"  - by an incomplete and unadeguate procedure - the use of clothianidin, a neonicotinoid pesticide placed on the market in the 90s.

 

 

ISPRA Report 2013 - Agriculture = contamination of water and life?

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April 10, 2013 spagnola 18x12

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The “Report on water contamination due to pesticides – Edition 2013” (IT), released by the Italian High Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA), sets out dramatic conclusions.

Analysis carried out in the various regions of Italy revealed pesticides’ presence in the 55,1% of surface water and in the 28,2% of ground water, up to 166 types of different pesticides – compared to the 188 types detected in 2007-2008.

 

Pollinator, nature and life friendly farming is possible

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April 19, 2013 francese 18x12 spagnola 18x12 italiana 18x12

logo bee friendly farming, agricoltura amica degli impollinatori

On March 22, the European Beekeeping Coordination and PAN Europe, together with Mr Bart Staes, MEP for the Greens, stated it in a conference organized at Bruxelles, having the same title: "Pollinator friendly farming is possible".

At the conference, a list of examples of alternative to pesticides including neonicotinoids was developed.

The key messages from the conference have been collected and published by the ARC - Agricultural and Rural Convention

Download the Conference's report (pdf, EN)

 

Furious corporate lobbying against bee-and-life-killer pesticides

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April 19, 2013 spagnola 18x12 italiana 18x12

syngenta beeCorporate Europe Observatory had access to private letters and emails sent by Syngenta and Bayer to the European Commission, which displayed their strong-arm tactics to try to avoid the ban of their three neonicotinoid pesticides.   

 

The Environmental Audit Committee urges UK government: a precautionary moratorium on bee-killer pesticides is necessary

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 April 10, 2013 spagnola 18x12 italiana 18x12

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The Environmental Audit Committee released a report urging the UK government to ban neonicotinoid treatments on maize, rapeseed, sunflower and cotton.

The ban has been advanced by the European Commission, based on scientific evidences showing the unacceptable role that these products plays on the bees and pollinators' decline.

 

France: final warning to Syngenta from the State Council

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December 7, 2012 spagnola 18x12 italiana 18x12

conseil-detat-pugnoThe High Court of France dismissed the Syngenta appeal against the decision made by the Minister of Agriculture, Stéphane Le Foll, regarding the withdrawal of Cruiser OSR for systemic rapeseed treatment.

Following the verdict from the Administrative Court of Versailles, the corporation has filed an appeal to the State Council.

 


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