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The state Council of France outlawing the authorization of tanning Cruiser in the past years

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18 febbraio 2011 francese_18x12 spagnola_18x12 italiana_18x12 

apicoltori francesi manifestandosi contro l'insetticida cruiser con striscioneFollowing the appeal lodged by environmentalists and beekeepers' French associations, it has been issued a really important sentence which will lead to jurisprudence in Europe. The permissions granted by the France Ministry of Agriculture for the use of neonecotinoids in the treatment of corn seed is not based, as required by law, on right valuation and do not consider the chronic effects on hives! 

 

International Conference on bumblebee decline in North America

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6 january 2011 - updated 8 january 2011 francese_18x12 spagnola_18x12 italiana_18x12

bomboThe International Scientific Conference concerning the bumblebee population decline in Saint Louis Missuri is bringing together researchers, government agencies and commercial breeders to discuss the possible causes of the decline.

Like for the decline of bees, insectivorous birds, amphibians, mollusks etc… to find a pathologic cause or something connected, the scientific research clearly prefers to put the blame on climate change, stubbornly ignoring (deliberately? perhaps so as to not affect enormous interests of the agricultural research founders) the pervasive systemic effects of the new insecticides for the environment.
 

Copa-Cogeca wellcomes MEPS vote to support EU bekeeping sector

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24th  November 2010
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Copa-Cogeca welcomed today European’s Parliament vote on a resolution calling for more support for the EU beekeeping sector, claiming it will give the sector the impetus it urgently needs.

 

Speaking after the vote,  Chairman of Copa-Cogecas’ Working Party on Honey, Mr. Etienne Bruneau said: “The European beekeeping sector is faced with a growing degree of insecurity. Therefore, the adoption of the resolution is an important move and we very much welcome the support of European Parliament. The resolution addresses a series of key community-wide issues which have been identified by EU beekeepers as crucial for the future of this sector. But there needs to be a follow-up and actions taken rapidly by the EU Commission and the Council of Ministers. The EU veterinary policy needs to take into account the specific nature of bees. Furthermore, we insist on the key role of research where results need to be applicable for beekeepers. It is equally important that EU beekeepers are directly involved in developing these new actions and EU strategies which take better into account the specific characteristics of bees.

 

Neonicotinoids pollute water!

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The Ispra (institute for the protection and the environment research) presented the summary report about the national monitoring of pesticides in water in 2007 and 2008. This study showed interesting news about the “usual suspect”  neurotoxic insecticides!

"2008 data shows the presence of several substances that were not common in the past. In particular the fungicide carben dazim (found both in surface water and in groundwater) and the insecticides imidacloprid and methomyl. The high frequency of these substances are mainly due to the data provided from Sicily, which, compared to previous years has considerably extended the range of substances they are looking for". (Report, p. 12).

 

An exclusive interview by THE INDEPENDENT to U.S government responsible for scientific research: neonicotinoids make bees sick!!!

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20 january 2011 francese_18x12 spagnola_18x12 italiana_18x12

the_independent_3The journalist Micheal MnCarthy interviewed Dr. Jeffrey Pettis, researcher supporter of U.S government. The journalist asked about the study which demonstrated the vulnerability of the bees to the pathological infection determinate by the neonecotinoid Imidacloprid with infinitesimal dose.

Pettis with his research team confirmed that the study proves that quantitative of the insecticide, so small that can’t be identified in bees, increase virulence of bee’s photogenes.

 

 

Wikileaks: confirmation of the sordid story that protects Bayer

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 3 January 2011- last update 20 January 2011 francese_18x12 spagnola_18x12 italiana_18x12 tedesca_18x12

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An agreement between the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency = U.S. Agency for Environment) and the agrochemical company Bayer CropScience has enabled the U.S. to authorize the use of clothianidin. This is an insecticide of the neonicotinoid family, which contaminates systematically plants and environment. It has toxic and dramatic effects on bees and many other living creatures.

An internal memo from the EPA, published by Wikileaks, provides further confirmation that the EPA ignored the advice and warnings from its own scientists, in open collusion with Bayer to allow the unjust use of clothianidin. This insecticide molecule provided the chemicals giant with sales of € 183,000,000 (about 262 million U.S. dollars) in 2009.

The story started in 2003 ...

 

Terra Madre 2010 and beekeepers

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5 january 2011 francese_18x12 spagnola_18x12 italiana_18x12

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Photos, videos and a radio interview: available documentation of the meeting of people and honey from all around the world which took place at Terra Madre 2010, from 21 to 25 October in Turin.

As usual, Unaapi (Italian national beekeepers organization) and Aspromiele (association of beekeepers from Piemonte) enthusiastically participated in the huge Terra Madre conference. This event is organized every two years by Slowfood, which brings together the communities of food producers from all around the world.

 

The decline of bees into the limelight of the European media

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21 august 2010 - last update 8 July 2011  francese_18x12 spagnola_18x12 italiana_18x12

i_mediaAndrea Raffinetti made a video about media and bees. The serious decline of bees and beekeeping is still highly regarded by several media groups in Europe. In Europe the crisis of bees strikes the nations one by one, especially in western countries, with "richer nations"  with a “much more developed and modern” agriculture, such as Germany, France and England. Out of the 2.4 million hives in the United States, 32% disappeared in 2007, 36% disappeared in 2008, and 28% disappeared in 2009. (data from the Ministry of agriculture USDA)

 

 


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