European agriculture is reaching a dead end. Day by day, the biological diversity that underpins our food systems is disappearing – putting the future of our food, our livelihood, health and environment under severe threat.

Bees and other pollinating insects, play a crucial role in biodiversity and agriculture. They form an integral part of our food system, pollinating crops that end up as food on our dinner tables.


Without bees, a large number of wild and cultivated plant species would no longer exist. For example, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) estimates that 71 out of some 100 crop species that provide 90% of food worldwide are bee-pollinated.

Over the years, Slow Food has been actively working to raise awareness of the dramatic decline of global bee populations, and has been calling for an end to the use of harmful pesticides and biodiversity destruction associated with this decline.

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Slow Food joins the European Citizens’ Initiative “Save bees and farmers”

Today by joining the European Citizens’ Initiative “Save bees and farmers”, we are committed to enforcing sustainable-bee friendly agriculture throughout Europe.
The European Citizens’ Initiative, led by PAN Europe, calls on the European Commission to introduce legal proposals to:

  1. Phase out synthetic pesticides by 2035: Phase out synthetic pesticides in EU agriculture by 80% by 2030, starting with the most hazardous, to become 100% free of synthetic pesticides by 2035
  2. Restore biodiversity: Restore natural ecosystems in agricultural areas so that farming becomes a vector of biodiversity recovery
  3. Support farmers in the transition: Reform agriculture by prioritising small scale, diverse and sustainable farming. Supporting a rapid increase in agroecological and organic practices, and enabling independent farmer-based training and research into pesticide and GMO-free farming
    If we collect at least a million signatures, the European Commission and the European Parliament will be obliged to address our demands. Please help us reach this goal: every signature counts.

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