TTIP threatens our bees!

22 August 2015 — 38 Degrees

There’s a huge new threat to our bees – and it’s wrapped up in a secret trade deal. [1] If we don’t stand up for our bees, the dangerous bee-killing pesticides we’ve fought so hard against could be flooding our fields again – and back for good. [2]

The deal, called TTIP (the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership), is great news for Syngenta and the big pesticide companies. But awful news for our tiny buzzing friends and the vegetables, flowers and hedgerows they pollinate. 38 Degrees members know whose side we’re on.

If you stand with the bees too, can you sign the huge petition to help stop TTIP now? Click here to add your name:
Sign the petition

Big business lobbyists are trying to use TTIP to weaken the rules that protect our precious environment. [3] The bee-killer pesticides that drench American fields and decimate bees could land here in the UK. [4] And a ban on these pesticides would be easy to reverse – under TTIP, companies that dislike laws (like a pesticide ban!) can take governments to court for losing profit. [5]

That’s why hundreds of thousands of us are throwing everything at stopping the trade deal in its tracks: our pressure has delayed the talks, scrapped votes and changed politicians’ minds. And today, thousands of 38 Degrees members have volunteered to spend their day convincing their neighbours to join the campaign against TTIP. [6]

It’s simple: the bigger the opposition, the harder it is for the dodgy deal to get through. Can you join in by adding your name to the EU-wide petition against TTIP? Click here:

For our bees,
Bex, Nat, Amy and the 38 Degrees team

NOTES:
[1] The Telegraph: What is TTIP and why is it so controversial?:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/11664750/What-is-TTIP-and-why-is-it-so-controversial.html
Euractiv:TTIP ‘challenged’ by environmental critics, EU says:
http://www.euractiv.com/trade/ttip-challenged-environmental-cr-news-533794
[2] The Guardian: EU dropped pesticide laws due to US pressure over TTIP, documents reveal:
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/may/22/eu-dropped-pesticide-laws-due-to-us-pressure-over-ttip-documents-reveal
[3]The EU Policy Broadcaster: TTIP: Syngenta calls for harmonized safety standards:
http://www.vieuws.eu/food-agriculture/ttip-syngenta-chief-calls-for-harmonized-safety-standards/
[4] The Guardian: EU dropped pesticide laws due to US pressure over TTIP, documents reveal:
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/may/22/eu-dropped-pesticide-laws-due-to-us-pressure-over-ttip-documents-reveal
[5] Full Fact: TTIP’s “secret courts”:
https://fullfact.org/europe/ttip_secret_courts-46491
The Independent: British sovereignty ‘at risk’ from EU-US trade deal: UK in danger of surrendering judicial independence to multinational corporations, warn activists:
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/british-sovereignty-at-risk-from-euus-trade-deal-uk-in-danger-of-surrendering-judicial-independence-to-multinational-corporations-warn-activists-9057318.html
[6] 38 Degrees: TTIP Day of Action:
https://home.38degrees.org.uk/2015/08/22/ttip-day-of-action-3/
Click on the image below to see more from thousands of 38 Degrees members who are out on the streets today to stop TTIP:
TTIP Day of Action


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Posted 22nd August 2015 by InI in category "Capitalism", "Environment

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