Updated on April 24, 2013
April 23, 2013. Basel. Greenpeace and the European Beekeeping Coordination attended the annual general meeting of Syngenta to alert shareholders about the company's role in the global decline in bee populations. Activists and beekeepers demonstrated peacefully outside the Syngenta headquarters.
"This ban would be a step in the right direction to save our bees and ensure good food and good farming in Europe. Neonicotinoids are poisonous to the environment, and cause long-term contamination to water and soil. Their widespread usage, combined with their exceptional neurotoxic effects, are significantly contributing to the dramatic weakening and decline of bee populations and many other essential pollinators", says Francesco Panella, spokesperson of the European Beekeeping Coordination.