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. Toxic agricultural pesticides are among the key culprits.

Bees and other pollinating insects, play a crucial role in biodiversity and agriculture.

Without bees, a large number of wild and cultivated plant species would no longer exist. 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 calling for an end to the use of harmful pesticides and biodiversity destruction associated with this decline. We need the EU to promote agroecology, not pesticides.

Slow Food calls for sustainable-bee friendly agriculture throughout Europe! We are 1,2 million European citizens calling for an end to pesticides. Thanks for your support! The collection of signatures has ended. We handed over all your signatures to the national authorities to be validated. This process will take several months. When we get the green light the EU Commission will have to address our demands.

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, calls on the EU 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


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