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France: pesticides petition

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November 17, 2013 italiana 18x12

change.orgA public body (the General Commission for Sustainable Development) found that the 90% of French waterways are polluted by pesticides. The National Institute of Health and Medical Research (Inserm) underline the "strong presumption that neurodegenerative diseases or various types of cancer, such as blood cancer, may result from exposure to pesticides. Especially for the famers or inhabitant in rural areas where pesticides are widespread. "


Syngenta and Bayer threaten the EU

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September 10, 2013  spagnola 18x12 italiana 18x12

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In May 2013, the European Commission announced a two-year restriction on the use of three neonicotinoids - thiamethoxam, imidacloprid and clothianidin -  and of the insecticide fipronil. The ban on these substances came following the findings of a risk assessment conducted by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) which identified a number of risks they pose to bee populations.

Two giants of the agro-industrial pesticide industry: Syngenta, manufacturer of thiamethoxam, and Bayer, producer of imidacloprid and clothianidin, have now decided to challenge the European Commission's decision before the European Court of Justice.


Letter to Commissioner Borg highlights some contradictions remaining in the new Guidance document on risk assessment of pesticides on bees

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September 8, 2013 spagnola 18x12 italiana 18x12

Logo Coordinamento Apistico EuropeoThe European Beekeeping CoordinationFriends of the Earth Europe, the European Professional Beekeepers Association and Pesticide Action Network Europe, sent a letter to commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy, concerning the specific protection goals in the risk assessment of pesticides on bees, in particular the EFSA Guidance Document on risk assessment of plant protection products on bees.

For EU zootechnics, not any effect from pesticides on animals bred is acceptable.

In the case of bee, instead, they are willing to accept and legalize a potencial damage of the 7%.


Here come the vignettes! Have a look!

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August 20, 2013 spagnola 18x12 italiana 18x12

Vignetta di StainoMore than 60 artists from all over Italy.

Almost 100 vignettes in competition, facing with humor and creativity the delicate issue of bee decline caused by systemic insecticides.

Italian public is now called to espress its vote, from the 21th to the 31th of August.

Have a look here to the vignettes!


Beecome: Second European Conference on Beekeeping

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November 14, 2013 italiana 18x12 

beecomeIn Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium), from November 9th to 11th, the 2nd Beekeeping European Conference was held. Unaapi was there with a large delegation of beekeepers and technicians who participated in and enlivened debates and round tables. The Honey Bar could not be missed, with its call for a world free from pesticides and with the usual selection of honeys from Italy and from the rest of the world.


New global epidemiological investigation: from pesticides, terrible diseases to humans

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August 15, 2013 spagnola 18x12 italiana 18x12

inserm logoThe Inserm has recently released an important scientific review about the diseases due to the use or contact with pesticides - cancer, blood disorders, neurological disorders, birth defects, etc.. – in constant growth at international level for those who use them professionally and not.

Published on June 13, the report "Pesticides and Health" (PDF, in French), is a collection of comparative epidemiological data conducted at the international level by the National Institute for Health and Medical Research (Inserm). The study finds that in France, a predominantly agricultural country, 15% of the population is exposed and is at risk.


BBC documentary: "Whats Killing Our Bees?"

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August 25, 2013 spagnola 18x12 italiana 18x12

bbcThe BBC aired a new documentary titled: "Whats Killing Our Bees? BBC Horizon 2013".

Synopsis. Bill Turnbull investigates one of the biggest mysteries in the British countryside: what is killing our bees. It is a question that generates huge controversy. Changes in the weather, pesticides and even a deadly virus have all all been blamed. It is a question that Bill is all too familiar with as a beekeeper himself. He meets the scientists who are fitting minute radar transponders on to bees to try to find answers.

Watch full documentary on Youtube.


Neonicotinoids are the new DDT killing the natural world

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August 14, 2013  spagnola 18x12 italiana 18x12
Foto George Monbiot - autore articoloFrom George Monbiot's Blog on The Guardian
UK is collaborating in peddling the corporate line that neonicotinoid pesticides are safe to use – they are anything but.
It's the new DDT: a class of poisons licensed for widespread use before they had been properly tested, which are now ripping the natural world apart. And it's another demonstration of the old truth that those who do not learn from history are destined to repeat it.

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