Unacceptable Capitalism: Bayer is suing ‘Europe’ for saving the bees
25 July 2016 — SumOfUs
Wow. Bayer, BASF and Syngenta are suing the European Commission to overturn a ban on the pesticides that are killing millions of bees around the world.
A huge public push won this landmark ban — and we can’t sit back and let Big Pesticide overturn it while the bees vanish.
The UN sounded the alarm bells: Unless we act now, the bees are at risk of global extinction. We have to show Bayer and Co. now that we won’t tolerate them putting their profits ahead of our planet’s health.
Bayer and its friends make a class of pesticides called neonicotinoids, or neonics.
Neonics are coated upon seeds before they are planted, spreading through the plant and killing insects stopping by for a snack.
These pesticides can easily be replaced by other chemicals which don’t have such a devastating effect on the food chain. But companies like Bayer, BASF and Syngenta make a fortune from selling neonics — so they’ll do everything they can to protect their profits.
The EU banned three of these bee-killers in May 2013, after a massive public campaign and a clear scientific finding from the European Food Safety Authority that neonics pose huge risks to bee populations. Let’s defend this landmark ban for the bees and our food supply.
Worse still, a EU report that could have banned dozens of pesticides has been buried — due to industry’s massive lobbying.
We cannot allow Bayer and Co. to intimidate European authorities.
The current ban on bee-killing pesticides is up for review soon, so let’s make sure their lobby efforts aren’t successful this time!
Bayer is an enormous company with a ton of public-facing brands. Neonics are a big part of its bottom line, but it can’t afford poor publicity on a global scale. And if word gets out that Bayer is wrecking our ecosystem and threatening a creature responsible for pollinating a third of all our crops, the company will have to back down.
SumOfUs have been right at the front of the global campaign to save our bees. Tens of thousands from the SumOfUs community took action and got Lowe’s — one of the biggest garden retailers in the world — to stop selling bee-killing pesticides. And we just helped France win a major victory for the bees: France’s parliament voted in favor of banning all neonics — now we are fighting to get the law through the Senate and uphold this historic ban.
The pressure from Bayer is mounting — but we can only save the bees if we stand up against the big corporate interests.
Thanks for all that you do,
Paul, Emma, and the team at SumOfUs
Bayer and Co. have sued the European Commission to stop the ban on its bee-killing pesticides — despite clear evidence its products are behind the massive bee die-offs.
We can’t let Bayer, BASF and Syngenta get away with this blatant threat while the bees disappear.
Sign the petition to tell them to drop the lawsuits now!
EU scientists begin review of ban on pesticides linked to bee declines, The Guardian. 1 July 2016
‘Supressed’ EU report could have banned pesticides worth billions, Euractiv, 3 February, 2015
Lobby against bee-killing pesticides, Digital Journal, 1 May, 2014
EU insecticide ban triggers legal action, Nature News, 28 August, 2013