European Civil Society Groups Urge the EU Commission to #SaveBeesandFarmers

Slow Food, along with more than 80 civil society organizations in a joint letter to the European Commission, asks to phase out synthetic pesticides by 2035, restore biodiversity, and support farmers in their transition towards agroecology. The letter has been sent to the Commission’s directorate-generals, responsible for the implementation of the Farm to Fork and Biodiversity Strategies and to Executive Vice President Frans Timmermans.

Pesticide Action Week: It is Time to Act

Despite many events having been canceled due to Coronavirus, the Pesticide Action Week is back once again celebrating its fifteenth year online. The upcoming ten days from March 20 to 30 are dedicated to raising awareness around chemical pesticides and the dangers of their use both for human health and the environment.
For over 20 years, the French organization “Generations Futures” has been working on the issue of chemical pesticides and the harm they cause. Every year, at the beginning of spring, it calls farmers, organizations and institutional actors together, grouping of over 50 international partners, including Slow Food. 

Bayer-Monsanto merger: A battle to be won with forks

If controlling access to food means controlling the destiny of humanity, from today the most powerful player worldwide is not a government or a coalition of States, but a single multinational corporation, Bayer, after acquiring the infamous Monsanto. In fact, until yesterday, Bayer was a German pharmaceutical chemical giant. As of today, it is also the world’s largest group in the field of seeds, chemical fertilizers, herbicides, and 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.

Keeping the “ecological” in Ecological Focus Areas

Today, the European Parliament has decided to keep the ecological focus areas (EFAs) “ecological”. MEPs were called to vote on a resolution proposed by the AGRI Committee of the European Parliament against the ban of pesticides use in the EFAs.

Ecological Focus Areas at Risk

On May 30th, the Agriculture Committee of the European Commission (COMAGRI) delivered two unexpected blows. First, it voted in favour of the resolution against the ban of pesticides in ecological focus areas (EFAs), going beyond the very purpose of the EFAs, which are areas dedicated to ecologically beneficial elements. The use of pesticides does not fall within this definition.