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France: final warning to Syngenta from the State Council

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December 7, 2012 spagnola 18x12 italiana 18x12

conseil-detat-pugnoThe High Court of France dismissed the Syngenta appeal against the decision made by the Minister of Agriculture, Stéphane Le Foll, regarding the withdrawal of Cruiser OSR for systemic rapeseed treatment.

Following the verdict from the Administrative Court of Versailles, the corporation has filed an appeal to the State Council.

 

Canada - honeybees against GMO alfalfa

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November 1, 2012 francese_18x12 spagnola 18x12 italiana_18x12

20121104_erbamedica_ogmEducational video (in French) about the importance of alfalfa in agriculture. In Canada this plant is threatened by the possible legalization of GMO alfalfa, modified to obtain resistance against herbicide. This authorization would result in a disaster for agriculture, bee-keeping and the environment.

 

 

Good wine – thanks to wasps!

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September 30, 2012 spagnola 18x12 italiana 18x12

vespaTo confirm the complexity of natural phenomena, one study found that wasps, particularly the common wasp and the hornet, are the insects that extract and carry yeast from plants that is necessary for the fermentation of grape juice. 

Farmers’ harvest-time aversion to wasps and bees is, therefore, unjustified.

 

GMO Corn by Monsanto = CANCER!

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septeber 28, 2012 spagnola_18x12 italiana_18x12 

topo_cancroSensational results in a study published by the authoritative American scientific journal; Food and Chemical Toxicology about the GMO effects over the course of time, which affirm the disastrous effects of GM maize on guinea pigs.

Gilles-Eric Seralini, professor in molecular biology at the Caen University, led the study "in vivo", noting that mice fed with GMO develop cancer 2-3 times more than normal, regardless of their sex and in females the mortality rate was 2-3 times greater.

 

Austria: neonicotinoids should be banned

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December 31, 2012 spagnola 18x12 italiana 18x12

austrian flag with a bee in the centerA Report by the Austrian Agency for Environment (Eaa) about the effects of neonicotinoids on bees and other pollinators: "Existing scientific evidence of the effects of neoniconoids on bees."

The decline of bees is due to multiple causes, however, among these the use of neonicotinoids is a determinant factor.

 

Neolithic dentists used beeswax

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September 27, 2012 spagnola 18x12 italiana_18x12

mandibola_fossileThe work of a pre-historic dentist has been found in a 6500 year-old fossil jaw dating back to the Neolithic age: a canine, belonging to the fossil "the man of Lonche" displayed in the Trieste Natural History Museum, appears  to be filled with common beeswax.

Through X-ray micro tomography by SYRMEP Elettra-Trieste synchrotron, it was possible to analyze the archeological find without damaging it.

 

Honey with colorants in Alsatian

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October 8, 2012 spagnola_18x12 italiana_18x12

coloured honey: green, blue and violet honeyThe news comes from northeastern France where a dozen beekeepers harvested green and blue honey.

In August, the beekeepers around the Alsatian town Ribeauville, have witnessed a strange phenomenon; bees returning to their hives with sugary substances of unnatural color.

 

One fifth of the world’s invertebrates may be threatened with extinction

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september 24, 2012 spagnola_18x12 italiana_18x12

This is the sad situation brought to our attention by a renowned scientific api_volo.jpgorganization and presented on September 7th at the World Conservation Congress in Jeju, South Korea. A report published by the Zoological Society of London, in conjunction with IUCN and Wildscreen: "Spineless: Status and Trends of the World's Invertebrates"

Ben Collen, director of “Indicators and Assessments” at ZSL, declared: "invertebrates represent 80% of all the world's species, it is unthinkable that one fifth of invertebrates are at risk of extinction. To save them will be challenging, but to ignore their decline would be much more costly. "

 


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