SPEAK UP FOR THE BEES NOW !
We’re so close to securing a ban on thiacloprid, Bayer’s pesticide that devastates bee populations, poisons birds, and endangers the health of farm workers.
Hundreds of SumOfUs members like you have just chipped in for hard-hitting adverts in Politico, the magazine that’s read and trusted by EU politicians. Before we go to print, please add your name to the petition so readers know exactly how many of us want a Europe free of dangerous, bee-harming chemicals:
This is unbelievable. The EU is under pressure from Bayer-Monsanto to re-approve the toxic pesticide thiacloprid.
Thiacloprid is a neonicotinoid pesticide — just like the ones that the EU banned from outdoor use last year, after hundreds of thousands of SumOfUs members like you voiced your concern over the dangers those chemicals posed to bees.
But thiacloprid isn’t only bad for bees. It’s harmful to humans too, and puts workers on farms where it’s used in danger of suffering from organ damage and even cancer.
We won’t let Bayer win this one. Thiacloprid’s licence needs to be reapproved this year so there’s still time to keep the EU from making a horrible mistake — but only if we speak up right now.
Tell the EU to ban thiacloprid before it’s too late!
Thiacloprid is already banned in France because of its danger to bees, and it’s also been shown to damage human and mammal reproductive systems.
There’s no conceivable reason why this toxic pesticide should be legal in the EU — but Bayer, with its billion-euro lobbying machine, has managed to convince the European Commission so far.
But there’s one thing Bayer forgot about: Us. You and I have already fought the pesticide giant on the bees’ behalf and won.
It was our pressure that forced last year’s ban on three other bee-killing neonicotinoids. We can make the Commission acknowledge the real threat that thiacloprid poses to both bees and people, but we’ve only got a few short weeks to do it — so we need you on board now.
Tell the EU to get toxic thiacloprid out of our fields and our food!
Peer review of the pesticide risk assessment of the active substance thiacloprid
European Food Safety Authority. 14 March 2019.
France becomes first country in Europe to ban all five pesticides killing bees
The Telegraph. 31 August 2018.