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Forum Post: Insecticide firms in secret bid to stop ban that could save bees

Posted 1 year ago on April 28, 2013, 8:39 a.m. EST by BradB (2693) from Washington, DC
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Europe is on the brink of a landmark ban on the world's most widely used insecticides, which have increasingly been linked to serious declines in bee numbers. Despite intense secret lobbying by British ministers and chemical companies against the ban, revealed in documents obtained by the Observer, a vote in Brussels on Monday is expected to lead to the suspension of the nerve agents.

Bees and other insects are vital for global food production as they pollinate three-quarters of all crops. The plummeting numbers of pollinators in recent years has been blamed on disease, loss of habitat and, increasingly, the near ubiquitous use of neonicotinoid pesticides.

The prospect of a ban has prompted a fierce behind-the-scenes campaign. In a letter released to the Observer under freedom of information rules, the environment secretary, Owen Paterson, told the chemicals company Syngenta last week that he was "extremely disappointed" by the European commission's proposed ban. He said that "the UK has been very active" in opposing it and "our efforts will continue and intensify in the coming days".

Publicly, ministers have expressed concern for bees, with David Cameron saying: "If we do not look after our bee populations, very serious consequences will follow."

The chemical companies, which make billions from the products, have also lobbied hard, with Syngenta even threatening to sue individual European Union officials involved in publishing a report that found the pesticides posed an unacceptable risk to bees, according to documents seen by the Observer. The report, from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), led the commission to propose a two-year ban on three neonicotinoids. "EFSA has provided a strong, substantive and scientific case for the suspension," a commission spokesman said.

more>>> http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/apr/28/europe-insecticides-ban-save-bees

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[-] 4 points by Nevada1 (4790) 1 year ago

Corporate War Of Aggression. Crime Against Humanity. Crime Against Every Living Thing.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (24967) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Sounds insane don't it? Till one takes a good look. GREED the #1 cause of sickness disease death and destruction.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (24967) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Only -2 ??? Well it bears repeating then.


[-] 3 points by Nevada1 (3112) 27 minutes ago

Corporate War Of Aggression. Crime Against Humanity. Crime Against Every Living Thing.

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[-] -2 points by DKAtoday (24557) from Coon Rapids, MN 23 minutes ago

Sounds insane don't it? Till one takes a good look. GREED the #1 cause of sickness disease death and destruction.

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[-] 3 points by Nevada1 (4790) 1 year ago

Like a War Crime, and should be treated as such.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (24967) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Like a War Crime

In many instances - that is exactly what it is.

In many instances - ( where not considered a war crime ) Crime against Humanity still applies.

[-] 3 points by Nevada1 (4790) 1 year ago

Chemical Weapons, used every day.

[-] 3 points by DKAtoday (24967) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Brought to U by such as Monsatan - ( NEW & IMPROVED ) now with the ability to grow poison crops.

[-] 3 points by Nevada1 (4790) 1 year ago

Criminal charges. We really need criminal charges.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (24967) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

I believe an education campaign - aimed at educating the public about the existence of such crimes ( on going ) in the daily "normal" ( insanity ) operation of business ( here in the USA as well as around the world ) coupled with actions that can be taken part in ( Avazz could be a good launch pad for world education/action ) - with a consistent call for criminal charges and prosecution - is a necessity.

[-] 2 points by Nevada1 (4790) 1 year ago

Well said. People have gone to prison for less.

It would only take the suggestion that Al-Qada had used some Roundup, and wedding parties would be vaporized by drone attacks.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (24967) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

It would only take the suggestion that Al-Qada had used some Roundup, and wedding parties would be vaporized by drone attacks.

Exactly!!!

Perhaps their mistake is - that they are not incorpoRATed and doing it all to make a buck.

[-] 1 points by redandbluestripedpill (333) 1 year ago

We see runaway science under corporate control. The same problem exists here, are gov officials here as realistic as Europe?

[-] 1 points by Nevada1 (4790) 1 year ago

No, good point.

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[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (24967) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

DDT - I mean What The Fuck?

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[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (24967) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

I always thought a peoples action type of attack on the destroyers - for the defense of the world through creative law suits would be a good idea.

Good rolling jubilee type action?

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[-] 1 points by BradB (2693) from Washington, DC 1 year ago
  • hmmm..... I like the concept.... let's think of the possible repercussions ... individuals being counter-sued by big money....
  • so... how bout ... class action suits .... ie ... "Counter Action"
  • as a group ... filling counter suits .... against anyone who threatens our politicians

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[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (24967) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Tough part will be getting enough onto court schedules at the same time.

[-] -1 points by DKAtoday (24967) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Yep - disable their attacks on the legal system for their gain ( at the expense of everyone and everything else ) by tying them up in court.

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[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (24967) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

[-] 0 points by DKAtoday (24556) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 hour ago

DDT - I mean What The Fuck? ↥twinkle ↧stinkle reply edit delete permalink


Someone have a hardon for DDT ???

[-] 1 points by Nevada1 (4790) 1 year ago

uranium bullets

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (24967) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

War crime - crime against Humanity. Dirty weapon of terror.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (24967) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

[-] 1 points by Nevada1 (3128) 1 hour ago

uranium bullets

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[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (24567) from Coon Rapids, MN 46 minutes ago

War crime - crime against Humanity. Dirty weapon of terror.

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As armed Drones are a war crime in much of their use.