Wow. Bayer, BASF and Syngenta are suing the European Commission to overturn a ban on the pesticides that are killing millions of bees around the world.
A huge public push won this landmark ban — and we can’t sit back and let Big Pesticide overturn it while the bees vanish.
Last summer, 37 million bees were discovered dead on a single Canadian farm. And unless we act now, the bees will keep dying. We have to show Bayer and Co. now that we won’t tolerate them putting their profits ahead of our planet’s health.
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The dangerous chemicals Bayer and Co. make are neonicotinoids, or neonics. Neonics are soaked into seeds, spreading through the plant and killing insects stopping by for a snack. These pesticides can easily be replaced by other chemicals which don’t have such a devastating effect on the food chain. But companies like Bayer, BASF and Syngenta make a fortune from selling neonics — so they’ll do everything they can to protect their profits.
The EU banned these bee-killers in May 2013, after a massive public campaign and a clear scientific finding from the European Food Safety Authority that neonics pose huge risks to bee populations. Let’s defend this landmark ban for the bees and our food supply.
Worse still, a EU report that could have banned dozens of pesticides has been buried — due to industry’s massive lobbying. We cannot allow Bayer and Co. to intimidate European authorities. The current ban on bee-killing pesticides is up for review soon, so let’s make sure their lobby efforts aren’t successful this time!
Bayer is an enormous company with a ton of public-facing brands. Neonics are a big part of its bottom line, but it can’t afford poor publicity on a global scale. And if word gets out that Bayer is wrecking our ecosystem and threatening a creature responsible for pollinating a third of all our crops, the company will have to back down.
SumOfUs have been right at the front of the global campaign to save our bees. We came together to fight Bayer at a huge independent garden store show in Chicago, where the German chemical maker was out in force. Tens of thousands from the SumOfUs community took action and got Lowe’s — one of the biggest garden retailers in the world — to stop selling bee-killing pesticides. The pressure on Bayer and Co. is mounting — but we can only stop the mass bee die-off, if we keep standing up to them.
‘Supressed’ EU report could have banned pesticides worth billions, Euractiv, 3 February, 2015
Lobby against bee-killing pesticides, Digital Journal, 1 May, 2014
EU insecticide ban triggers legal action, Nature News, 28 August, 2013
Don’t let Bayer overturn the ban on bee-killing pesticides.
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