May 14, 2012
PANNA remarks how, two increasingly intractable sides have emerged in the controversy about the causes of bee decline: beekeepers and environmental health advocates vs. pesticide companies and the scientists supported by them.
While PANNA’s position in this line-up is clear enough, it has sought to hew to a commitment to non-partisan, scientifically literate public discourse.
April 20, 2012
The European Mediator, P. Diamandouros, started an investigation to prove if the European Commission, used appropriate measures to combat bee mortality in Europe during the use authorization of some insecticides.
The complaint against the Commission was presented by the Austrian school of mediators, for not duly considered the new scientific evidences about the systemic insecticides neonicotinoids.
The Commission has authorized the use of several systemic insecticides to the crops protection.
The relevant molecules authorization Regulations provides a review process, if new scientific evidences prove the inadequacy of molecules authorized by the acceptability criteria, for example, because they represent a threat to the animals health.
The Commission should evaluate the new scientific evidence and then take appropriate measures.
For this reason the mediator decided to ask to the Commission a report by June 30, 2012.
The European mediator investigates about case of bad administration in the EU institutions.
Any EU citizen, or an enterprise or association in a Member State, can lodge a complaint to the Mediator. The Ombudsman offers a fast, flexible and free service to solving problems with the EU administration.
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March 29, 2012
The long-term public and multidisciplinary research Apenet, funded by the Italian Ministry of Agriculture, about the bees crisis, systemic effects of chemical seed treatment and corn rootworm, has produced many important scientific findings, including:
Even today, although it is shown that plants treated with synthetic pesticides produce guttation water dangerous to bees (Girolami et al,. 2009) European Comunity considers this way of exposure of minimal importance for the toxic evaluation of a chemical substance.
To dimostrate the importance of guttation we need your help!
April 6, 2012
Two studies, both published by the journal Sciencexpress, call into question the entire public process about risk assessment, and the authorization of the use of dangerous molecules in agriculture.
The first French study shows how bees, exposed to the tiniest amount of insecticide, became disoriented, and unable to return to the hive, thereby creating intolerable consequences for the colony life cycle.
In the English study, the perverse, chronic effects of the most widely used insecticide in the world are demonstrated on small bumble bee colonies.
The study - made by Inra, the public agricultural research institute - uses RFID technology, which establishes how contaminated bees in the field are by pesticides that do not initially kill them but have adverse long-term effects on the life-cycle of the hive.
April 3, 2012
A Xerces Association team led by the researcher Jennifer Hopwood, has conducted an extensive research that has resulted in a dossier (pdf in English) about the various negative impacts of systemic insecticides on pollinators. With indications for a drastic protection for bees and other pollinators.
Xerces is a nonprofit organization created to protect wildlife ...
April 1, 2012
A research conducted in USA by Eric J. Hoffmann’s team found very high levels of contamination in the guttation water of melon crop in Arizona. This fact confirms what has already been detected in maize (corn) (Girolami et al.), lemon (Castle et al.), sugar beet (Westwood et al.) and sunflower (François M. Laurent et al.).
Guttation is a mechanism, ....
March 22, 2012
On March 15th a huge demonstration with more than 1,500 beekeepers was organized in Warsaw by the Poland GMO-free Coalition. Thousands of dead bees were unloaded in front of the Ministry of Agriculture. Sawicki, the Agriculture Minister, didn’t ...