Slow Food joins the Save The Bees Coalition: Citizens and beekeepers unite to ban neonicotinoids in the EU!

In the 90s, a new class of insecticides developed by Bayer and Syngenta named ‘neonicotinoids’ were put on the market in the European Union. Rapidly, European beekeepers have faced dramatic mortalities in their apiaries when imidacloprid, thiamethoxam and clothianidin’s uses increased across our agricultural land. Many areas of the country side turned into toxic places for bees and more and more beekeepers seeked refuge in cities or more natural areas.

Glyphosate: Slow Food asks EU Member States to take a stand against the European Commission 10-year renewal proposal

On 20 July 2017 the Commission restarted discussions with Member States on the possible renewal of license to use glyphosate for another 10 years.
The Commission will look for the support of a qualified majority of Member States, and EU governments will be invited to vote on this proposal after the summer. Based on the outcome, the Commission will take a final decision before the end of the year, when the current EU glyphosate license expires.

Preserving Agricultural Soils in the EU

The critical situation affecting our soil nowadays is the focus of the recently published study Preserving agricultural soils in the EU, which was commissioned by the European Parliament’s Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development.

CETA: Agreement to Be Applied Provisionally From September

During the G20 meeting in Hamburg, Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announced that CETA, the free-trade agreement between the European Union and Canada, would be applied provisionally from September 21 this year.

Neonicotinoids: Slow Food Says No, No, No

Pollinators, including honeybees, play a crucial role in our food and agricultural production. According to estimates from the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, out of the hundred crop species that provide 90% of our global food, 71% are pollinated by bees.