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Referendum in California about GMOs. The agrochemical lobby spends millions of dollars to influence the result

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August 24, 2012  spagnola_18x12 italiana_18x12

monsanto_soldiIn November Californians citizen elect the U.S. President and will be deciding about a set of "propositions", including one which requires to specify on the label the presence of genetically modified organisms.

That meets the requirement of the 69% of Californians, according to a recent survey (94% of the soybeans and 88% of the U.S. corn is GMO).

 

Le Monde’s investigation on the dark handling authorizing the use of molecules in agriculture

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August 9, 2012 spagnola 18x12 italiana 18x12

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The journalist Stéphane Foucart has published, on Le Monde Planéte of July 9, 2012, a detailed report on the dark handling, dubious “triangulations” of skills, conflict of interests and sliding doors that surround the “impartial assessment of acceptability of the risk on bees and pollinators” and therefore the consequent EU authorization of risky insecticides.

In another article, he denounced how a French public researcher has been censured.

 

Dossier by Unaapi: the fipronil molecule authorization is illegal

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June 9, 2012 spagnola_18x12 italiana_18x12

fipronilUnaapi released a dossier that criticized the fipronil European evaluation (pdf 1.16 MB, 54 p.) by comparing it with the European evaluation of the molecule and the international scientific literature and other sources.

The file is divided in two parts: 

 

New victory for Bees and Environment, re-suspended for 7 months, the coated seeds killer of bees

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June 29, 2012 spagnola_18x12 italiana_18x12

time-outOnce again the Department of Health has announced its decision to renew the suspension of use of corn treated with systemic insecticides.

The Health Minister Balduzzi said: "... we make a caution decisions harmonized with the European Community and inspired to protect bees and the corn crop production. It 's bettar outweighs the precautionary principle ...”.

Francesco Panella, president of the Beekeepers Association, welcomed the Precautionary Principle adopted by Italy, which has resulted, from September 2008 to present, two pronunciations court (of Rome and the Tar Council) and six administrative decisions.

 

France needs 54 billion € per year to eliminate agricultural contamination in water

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Updated August 31, 2012 spagnola_18x12 italiana_18x12

imm_lefigaroThe total cost to eliminate contaminating agricultural emissions in water is 70 € every kg of nitrate and € 60,000 every kg of pesticides.

The 2011 report made by the French-CGDD, the Commissioner-General for Sustainable Development, confirms a similar report made in 2010 by the Court of Auditors: the decontamination of water, to remove agricultural emissions, would cost at least € 54 billion per year .

 

Infographic: honeybee decline

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August 6, 2012 spagnola_18x12 italiana_18x12

honeybees-thumbnailIn 2005, North American beekeepers started to denounce a sharp decline in their colonies. Every winter since that year, beekeepers lost nearly 30% of their colonies. The problem has become unsustainable and the reason behind the populations decline are not so clear yet.

Thanks to the studies by J. Pettis, D. Hayes and van Engelsdorp D., FFunction made this infographic to help to understand the importance of the problem and its effects on our food supply.

 

In France, and soon in EU: final stop to the systemic Cruiser OSR?

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July 3 2012 spagnola_18x12 italiana_18x12

cruiser-nonAs a result of scientific investigations, which fully confirm the beekeepers complaints, the French Agriculture Minister, Stéphane Le Foll, had announced, and now confirms the prohibition of the use of Syngenta's Cruiser OSR for systemic treatment on rape and potato crops,  and in addition fights for the final withdrawal proibition throughout all the European Community.

Systemic  pesticides that kill bees, including the more dangerous used in corn field will be permanently withdrawn from EU market soon?

 

Bee mortality. Avalanche of studies. A certain cause: pesticides!

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May 30, 2012 spagnola_18x12 italiana_18x12

rfid01In just 2 years, more and more scientific studies nail systemic insecticides: cause and contributing cause of bees crisis! The latest studies are cumulated to the already considerable scientific evidence and field phenomena that emerged in previous years.

Concise overview of the dozens of scientific studies that, in just the last two years as anavalanche, show ...

 


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