Cheese 2019: New European Green Goals Give Hope for Bees and Pollinators

With the new European Commission promising to implement a European Green Deal, the expectations are high for the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform to truly address the needs of the environment. The Green Deal should include biodiversity protection strategy and the reduction of the use of pesticides – vital steps to stop the decline of pollinators. On September 21, the second day of the Cheese Festival in Bra, speakers from the European Commission and several European non-governmental organizations discussed how the CAP reform fits into the narrative around the protection of the environment, biodiversity, and sustainable food systems.

Slow Food Europe: the EU Urgently Needs Rigorous Bee Safety Standards

Ahead of the meeting of the European Commission’s Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (PAFF), Slow Food Europe urges its members to support the implementation of toxicity assessment standards and to take responsibility to effectively protect bees from harmful pesticides. Member States in the PAFF Committee have been procrastinating on a formal EU-wide adoption of bee safety standards, developed in the so-called Bee Guidance Document several years ago. On July 16-17, they are expected to vote on the implementation of the document which would help to halt the usage of bee-killing pesticides. 

Let it Bee Time

On March 22-23, the European Commission Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed, responsible for issues relating to neonicotinoids, was expected to vote on introducing comprehensive restrictions on the use of these toxic chemicals.

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.