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.

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.

Bees: EFSA Calls For Further Information on Harmful Pesticides

In 2013, new evidence was released which linked certain pesticides to the decline of bee populations. Risk assessments carried out by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) identified a total of four harmful substances, and resulted in restrictions on their use in the EU being introduced.

Should We All Become Vegetarian?

The Flemish city of Ghent has long had a pro-vegetarian policy. Having developed its own food strategy, based on a short supply chain and a reduced environmental impact, it began symbolically promoting every Thursday as “Veggie Day.”