Bee-killing Neonicotinoids: European Commission proposal for a complete ban
Today, 23 March 2017, the European Commission has presented to the Member States its draft regulations to ban neonicotinoids. A vote by Member State could take place in May.
Eight years have already passed since the Plant Protection Product Regulation (EC) 1107/2009 entered into force and the European Commission has yet to ban a single pesticide active substance that could cause harm according to the law’s provisional endocrine disrupting criteria, also known as ‘interim criteria’.
World Water Day: Protecting our tap water and aquatic ecosystems from pesticide pollution
Pesticides: UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food Report:
Agrochemicals do not guarantee food safety, are toxic to health and environment
Today (8 March 2017), the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food will present a report before the UN Human Rights Council on the many issues posed by pesticides. Inefficient to guarantee food safety, toxic to human health and the environment, it is part of an agricultural model that is outdated and benefits only to multinationals and trade while EU farmers struggle to survive
Brussels, 23 February 2017
SHAME ON YOU EFSA: 12 years of inaction, 12 years of failing to protect the public against the harms of pesticide mixtures in food
Bee Emergency Call: Hearing at European Court of Justice on Bayer/Syngenta vs. European Commission on the neonicotinoids ban. In the meantime, the ban is flouted as countries exploit legal loophole...
The provision of false or incomplete information is a very common tactic the industry makes use of in order to cast doubt among decision makers. After the November 2016 publication of 2 new EFSA reports reiterating the high risk of neonicotinoids on bees, the pesticide industry and industrial farming lobby are doubling their efforts to influence decision-makers and increase pressure on the European Commission to maintain their products on the market.
The substitution of animal testing of chemicals by non-animal testing prediction systems (NATPS) could lead to large-scale misuse of these systems, the new PAN Europe report "AOP, the trojan horse for industry lobby tools?" warns. The still immature NATPS were originally intended for chemicals in cosmetics where animal testing is banned.