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France declares Parkinson as an "occupational disease" for farmers

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May 12, 2012 spagnola 18x12 italiana 18x12

parkinsonFinally on May 6th a report published by the French Government recognizes the cause / effect relationship between Parkinson disease and the use of pesticides, opening the way to those affected to receive a compensation. 

 

Beekeepers and Greenpeace at the Syngenta's Assembly: NO to bee-killer pesticides

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Updated on April 24, 2013 italiana 18x12 spagnola 18x12

20130423 greenpaece syngentaApril 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.

 

USA: 40/ 50% of bee hives lost over the winter

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April 10, 2013 spagnola 18x12 italiana 18x12

bandiera usa ape malataIn the USA, where almost 50% of the crops (maize, cereals, sugar beet, sunflower, etc.) is treated with systemic insecticides, it is considered as "normal" that honey bee colonies are experiencing an average loss of more than 30%, from 2000 onwards. This year, the mortality rate affecting honey bee colonies has almost reached the 50% over the winter.

 

Neonicotinoids: not just bees and pollinators' killers but even responsible for the impressive birds' decline

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Updated April, 18 - April 10, 2013 spagnola 18x12 italiana 18x12

erithacus rubeculaAn imposing new study, commissioned by the authoritative American Bird Conservancy identified the "impact of neonicotinoid pesticides as the main cause of the food chain deterioration".

 

European Environment Agency: neonicotinoid suspension is just the first step of a major challenge

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May 9, 2013 spagnola 18x12 italiana 18x12

european enviromental agencyAccording to European Environmental Agency (EEA) the ban, while welcomed, is limited in scope and should be seen as only a starting point on the discourse over the use of this class of pesticides. It only applies to three of seven neonicotinoids and only for use with “crops attractive to bees”.

 

Canada: another evidence of systemic pesticides' effects on the hives

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April 10, 2013 spagnola 18x12 italiana 18x12

2013 manifesto crsadIn 2012, Health Canada's Pest Management Agency (PMRA) has issued a report (PDF English - French) about the massive honey bee deaths during and as a consequence of the corn seeds' treatment with neonicotinoids. During the 2012 spring and summer, the Agency has received a high number of claims about hives mortality in the provinces of Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia, Quebec and Ontario. Most reports came from southern Ontario, with 40 beekeepers and 240 apiaries involved.

 

The EBC thanks and writes to Commissioner Borg

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Updated May 6, 2013 spagnola 18x12 italiana 18x12

european beekeeping coordinationThe European Beekiping Coordination (EBC), ARC2020 and Slow Food celebrate the suspension of the three neonicotinoids killers of bees in Europe and thank the European Commission and everyone that supports bee friendly agriculture.
Read the press release (IT)

The European Beekiping Coordination (EBC) thanks the EU Commissioner Tonio Borg and reports to him the proposals and recommendations outlined by the European beekeepers.
Read the letter to the EU Commissioner Tonio Borg (IT)

Read the letter's Annexes:
Annex I. Comments on the Draft Assessment Report of Sulfoxaflor
Annex II. Some scientific references of Sulfoxaflor
 

W! W! First stop to systemic insecticides in Europe

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Updated May 26 - April 29, 2013 spagnola 18x12  italiana 18x12
Foto attivistiThe European Commission has banned neonicotinoid pesticides killers of bees, life and biodiversity. The two-year suspension will come into force from the 1st of December. 
 
Italy's turnaround: the Minister stood up for chemical corporations!
 
Listen to the song of joy and satisfaction of Italian beekeepers
 


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