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Bayer: What nerve! Have they no shame?

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April 16, 2014 italiana 18x12

20140408 bayer deOriginal "monitoring campaign" launched by Bayer in Germany.

The German beekeeping journals publish an insert by Bayer, with the announcement that a big prize will be awarded to the beekeepers that experience the least number of losses, having reported the number of bees in their colonies before winter, after winter and during the season. Bayer promises to the "super bee-keepers" or those "with lower losses of colonies" awards of 5000-3000 and 1000 Euros!
Is this a "Smart" marketing strategy to prove that there are no problems concerning bee deaths?


RED ALERT! Die-offs of bees on corn. AGAIN!

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Updated April 22, 2014 italiana 18x12

20140408 moriaThanks to the progressive establishment of new maize crops, the reports of serious bee depopulation and die-offs are increasing in the Po River valley.

Initial reports from Piedmont (near Saluzzo and Savigliano) were followed by those from a dozens of apiaries in the Friuli plain, with continuing effects being felt by professional beekeepers in the provinces of Milan, Varese , Pavia , Mantua, and Piacenza, all strictly correlated with the planting of corn.

Within a few days, exactly at the same time as the corn farmer started to sow, whole apiaries were decimated!

UNAAPI calls on beekeepers to be attentive to and immediately report any suspected depopulation.


EU: The debate grows ever more heated about improving the assessment of pesticides

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April 18, 2014 italiana 18x12

efsa logoOn December 2013, the European Commission organized a seminar between EFSA and Member States to verify the applicability of the new EFSA guidelines (GD) about pesticides risk assessment for bees . The meeting allowed the comparison between risk assessors from the various member countries.


Greenpeace: the pollen is contaminated with a pesticides cocktail

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April 18, 2014 italiana 18x12

20140418 greenpeaceGreenpeace. More than two-thirds of pollen collected by bees and led to their hives in European fields is contaminated by a cocktail of toxic pesticides. This is the result of an alarming new study by Greenpeace International, published as part of the European campaign to save the bees and protect agriculture. The chemicals detected in pollen include insecticides, miticides, fungicides and herbicides.


Scientific Opinion about EPILOBEE, the EU veterinary study on bee health

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April 22, 2014 italiana 18x12

20140422 epilobeeJOL press Interviews Gérard Arnold, research director at the French CNRS, specializing in bee biology, on the results of the EPILOBEE (PDF) study – which was conducted for the first time, in seventeen European countries to monitor hive mortality from autumn 2012 to summer 2013.


Sri Lanka: stop Roundup herbicide, kills!!!

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March 30, 2014 italiana 18x12

20140328 sri lankaThe Asian country immediately banned the use of Monsanto's Roundup herbicide after the results of a University study were published which blames the herbicide for serious and fatal kidney disease affecting farmers.
The severe renal disease CKDu hit 400,000 farmers in Sri Lanka, 15% of the population of the northern- central province, causing an estimated of 20 000 deaths. The disease occurs after the exposure to the Monsanto herbicide glyphosate (Roundup) especially if you drink hard water and you are exposed to nephrotoxic metals.


The New York Times: the neonicotinoids ban by EU is a good thing

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November 17, 2013 italiana 18x12

new york timesThe American newspaper New York Times takes a position on the decision to ban systemic insecticides in Europe. In view of the importance of pollination and the scientific controversies: "These temporary ban on neonicotinoids is a prudent step."


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