May the bees live!

May the bees live!

The multinational chemical companies BASF, Bayer, Dow and Syngenta produce highly dangerous neuroactive insecticides for agricultural use. The so-called neonicotinoids also kill insects including bees and bumblebees. Monsanto and Dupond also sell seeds treated with these substances.

Pesticides don't just kill crops. Minimal amounts of poison adhering to dust particles are enough to take away the deadly effect of these insecticides. As in April 2008 in the Rhine Valley, Germany. The neonicotinoid-treated maize crop caused massive bee deaths. In Spain, the death of millions of bees made headlines after complaints from groups of affected beekeepers in Girona in 2013 and Murcia in 2014.

Due to the death of bees in Europe, the European Commission has severely limited the use of neonicotinoids clothianidin, thiamethoxam and imidacloprid as well as the substance fipronil. The companies BASF, Bayer and Syngenta have filed three lawsuits against the European Court.

Dow Chemicals has developed the new highly poisonous insecticide sulfoxaflor. It is also a neurotoxic. Despite this, the European Commission authorized the use of sulfoxaflor in July 2015.

In the US, beekeepers and environmentalists celebrate a legal triumph instead. Last September 2015, a California appeals court agreed by banning the use of sulfoxaflor. The US environmental protection agency should not have approved the substance, because it is highly dangerous for bees and the studies presented could not demonstrate its safety for bees.

Please demand a definitive ban on neonicotinoids and other neuroactive insecticides like fipronil and sulfoxaflor in the European Union.


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