Global Breaking News on GMOs and Pesticides 13 September 2018

13 September 2018 — Sustainable Pulse

New Gene-Editing Report Highlights Risks to Human Health and Our Environment

On the heels on the European Court of Justice’s ruling requiring organisms developed using new genetic engineering techniques to undergo GMO risk assessments, and several new studies revealing “genetic havoc” as a result of gene editing, Friends of the Earth and Logos Environmental released a new report Wednesday, Gene-edited organisms in agriculture: Risks and unexpected consequences. […]

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Beekeepers at the Bayer AGM

5 June 2018 — SumOfUs

Bayer’s annual shareholder meeting was a PR disaster — and it’s all thanks to you!

With the international spotlight of the world on Bayer, we made sure to get one message trending online on Twitter, into the press and right in front of the shareholders’ noses: Bayer’s profits come with a hefty price tag — the massive global die-off of our bees.

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A massive win for the bees

5 May 2018 — SumOfUs

For years, SumOfUs members like you have been taking action to protect the world’s threatened bee populations. And last week, we scored our biggest win yet.

The EU voted for a near-complete ban on three neonics — pesticides that pose a deadly risk to bees and other pollinators. And it’s your actions and the work of our partners across Europe that made this happen.

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EU Bans Neonics!

27 April 2018 — SumOfUs

I’m writing quickly to let you know some breaking news: WE WON! The EU neonics ban just passed.

A majority of European governments voted in favour of the European Commission’s proposal.

This is a massive win for the bees — and you and SumOfUs members around the world have helped make this happen. Thank you so much for your incredible support!

I’ll be in touch in the coming days with a more detailed report back.

In the meantime, let’s celebrate!

Wiebke and rest of the SumOfUs team

P.S. It’s only thanks to SumOfUs members like you that we won this amazing and historic bee-saving ban. But the battle to save the bees is far from over. Bayer and co will not give up now and neither can we. To keep the bees safe from pesticide giants we need sustained support from members like you — it’s the most powerful form of support. Please can you set up a small monthly donation today so that we can keep fighting for and saving the bees.

 

 

More information:

EU to fully ban neonicotinoid insecticides to protect bees, Reuters, April 27 2018.

Degeneration Nation

13 July 2017 — Organic Bytes

indusrial grain silos

After decades of trying to reform public policy on food and farming, including an intense four-year battle to force mandatory labeling of GMOs (rudely terminated in 2016 when Congress and the Obama administration rammed through the outrageous DARK Act), food activists and conscious consumers find ourselves wondering “what’s the use of lobbying the government?”

Do we really think the Trump administration, the Republican Congress, and farm state and Establishment Democrats care about the toxicity, exploitation and environmental destruction of our food system?

The culinary directive from Congress and the White House this summer goes something like this: Don’t worry. Shut up and eat your Frankenfoods, cheap junk foods, and factory-farm meat, dairy and poultry.

Don’t worry about Monsanto’s Roundup or Dow’s neonic residues in your food and water. Don’t worry about the dubious fare at your local supermarkets, including thousands of products fraudulently labeled or advertised as “natural.”

It’s time to step up the attack on Monsanto, pesticides, factory farms, fake “natural” products, organic fraud, and the entire degenerative food and farming system. It’s time to make organic and healthy food the norm, not just the niche market that it still is.

Read Ronnie’s essay: ‘Degeneration Nation’

One Brit MEP is trying to stop the ban on dangerous pesticides! Mail your MEP Now!

21 June 2017 — 38 Degrees

A single British politician is trying to stop plans to ban bee-killing pesticides from our fields for good. [1,2]

In just 24 hours, some British MEPs – politicians on a powerful European committee – will be asked to reverse plans to permanently ban these dangerous pesticides. [2] But there are hundreds of thousands of us reading this email. Together we can make sure politicians reject this last ditch effort to let bee killing pesticides on our fields.

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Support the Ban on Bee-Killing Pesticides

17 June 2017 — SumOfUs

A historic ban on bee-killing neonics is being proposed in Europe — but the pesticide lobby and its political friends are desperately trying to stop it. 

The new ban on bee-killing pesticides would go far beyond current protections, banning three deadly neonics from fields all across Europe. But a small group of politicians is trying to block it before EU member states even get to vote on the new regulations.

Meanwhile, a scathing new UN report called the idea that we need neonics to feed ourselves a “myth” perpetuated by “unethical” corporations like Bayer and Syngenta that have millions in profits riding on continued reliance on bee-killing pesticides. It’s high time for a global ban on these deadly pesticides. 

I’ve taken action. Can you click here and add your voice to the call for a global ban on bee-killing pesticides too?

https://actions.sumofus.org/a/it-s-high-time-for-a-global-ban-on-bee-killing-pesticides-1/?source=taf

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