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.
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.
On World Bee Day, beekeepers across Europe fear that member states will undermine the ban on bee-killing neonicotinoids by opening the door to similarly harmful pesticides. Slow Food Europe is … Continued
The European Union has launched a public consultation about the decline of bees. Bees, butterflies, and other insect pollinators are in rapid decline, and the situation is becoming increasingly … Continued
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.