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Insect defeats Monsanto. GM crop designed to resist insects eaten by rootworm

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September 5, 2011 francese_18x12 spagnola_18x12 italiana_18x12

vermi_mangiano_foglieAfter the success weeds resistant to herbicides have had, now even an insect is defeating technology in agriculture. A new strain of corn rootworm has appeared in the United States – rootworm being one of the “evil beasts” for European and American farmers – able to thrive on GM corn plants in the laboratory created by Monsanto to be immune from attack of the corn rootworm.

At the moment the problem has been scientifically proven to exist only in four fields in Iowa (it is suspected to exist in some fields in Illinois, but nothing has yet been scientifically proven) and is limited just to corn varieties engineered to resist corn rootworm thanks to a toxin called Cry3Bb1.


Bayer and Syngenta under investigation for bees and pollinators killer insecticides

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July 25 2011 francese_18x12 spagnola_18x12 italiana_18x12

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The deputy prosecutor of the Turin Court, Guariniello, had conducted an investigation for several years about the causes of the bee decline, using, among other things, the documentation produced by the regional beekeeping association Aspromiele and Unaapi. 

The survey was completed with the possible objections of the managing directors of Bayer CropScience and Syngenta Crop Protection of a full and intent breach of the offence of "spreading diseases on animals (or plants) dangerous for the livestock and the national economy".

Twist! The suspension of tanning Killer of Bees is not until December, but only until October 31!

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July  3 2011 francese_18x12 spagnola_18x12 italiana_18x12

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Deny what the authoritative assurances of the Secretary Francesca Martini, who had given for sure the suspension of seed coating until December 31, we astonished observe, from the publication of the decree of the Ministry of Health, that the suspension of use of these molecules ends at the end of October.

From the press release of the Secretary Martini was clearly understood that it was guaranteed, at least, another productive season for bees without the contamination of these powerful insecticides.

Obviously, once again, the Sellers of Chemistry product were able to impose, instead, a deadline that allows him to stubbornly focus the re-authorization just in time to prepare and sell seeds treated as early as 2012.



Huge sequestration of illegal honey by Nas

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June 11  2011 francese_18x12 spagnola_18x12 italiana_18x12

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The Nas of Bologna have seized 47,000 kg of no legal honey that was to be sold in supermarkets.
Serious disputes: adulteration with added sugar and fraud origin: it was passed for Italian and European honey, while it was "manufactured" in Asia, with great probability in China.

In the United States they have been noted and disputed to a German importer, similar illegal business operations, with a process that has been just defined as "honey" with Asian origin, from the Fed, the U.S. health authorities, it was "the largest food fraud that ever occurred in the USA. "


Penalty for sale of honey with misleading label of origin

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August 3 2011 francese_18x12 spagnola_18x12 italiana_18x12

miele_fioriarancio_perla_delletnaThe honey jar label talks several times about Sicily, but in reality the honey sold inside comes from Spain. In such label of "Pearl of Etna" enterprise its possible to read: "From the delicate and fragrant orange blossom borns the typical honey "Pearl of Etna", with its classic and natural fragrance."

But it's only in vertical, using miniscule characters that you can see the inscription, "Honey Origin: see the capsule", upon which it is shown that the honey comes from Spain; this trick is also used for the company's chestnut, eucalyptus, acacia and thousand-flowers honey. In addition, there are similar ambiguities in the company's website. 

It is for these reasons that the Antitrust Authority has decided to penalize the company Pearl Supply Ltd for unfair business practices. The end of the story is 10,000 € penalty, but the interesting thing is the dynamic that led the Antitrust to prescribe the penalty ... 



Stop to seed coating killer of bees. All the reasons so that Italy can finally make a choice

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June 16 2011 francese_18x12 spagnola_18x12 italiana_18x12

A strong Unaapi iniziative , to the institutional decision-makers, who founded, lists and highlights the various reasons whyape_morta we need to make the final decision to outlawing the seed coating killer of bees.
In view of the forthcoming decision about the suspension of tanning treatment based on neonicotinoids and fipronil, which expires on June 30, the Unaapi turned, with an attached document and a technical note, to: the Ministers of Agriculture, Health, Environment, Alderman Agriculture of Apulia (in his capacity as coordinator of the Regions) and Members of the Consultative Commission for plant protection products.


The Fight against the chestnut gall wasp (Dryocosmus kuriphilus), scourge of chestnut trees in Italy

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13, June 2011 francese_18x12 spagnola_18x12 italiana_18x12

castagno_danni_cinipideThe "Chinese wasp”, is a parasite" imported " from abroad, threatening the great wealth of chestnut trees of “Belpaese”, more than 780,000 hectares the 7.5% of the national woodlands. The production of chestnut honey is therefore likely to be resized. Moreover eucalyptus trees too are  attacked by a new parasite, the psylla, with effects even more disastrous and deadly for these plants. What can we do? What can beekeepers do for the defense of these important and essential botanical resources to continue producing  special and appreciated products like honey and pollen secreted by the flowers of these trees?


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