Quietly, globally, billions of bees are dying, threatening our crops and food. But in 24 hours the European Union could move to ban the most poisonous pesticides, and pave the way to a global ban that would save bees from extinction.
Four EU countries have begun banning these poisons,
and some bee populations are already recovering. Days ago the official European
food safety watchdog stated for the first time that certain pesticides are
fatally harming bees. Now legal experts and European politicians are calling
for an immediate ban. But Bayer and other giant pesticide producers are lobbying
hard to keep them on the market. If we build a huge swarm of public outrage
now, we can push the European Commission to put our health and our
environment before the profit of a few.
We know our voices
count! Last year, our 1.2 million strong petition forced US authorities to
open a formal consultation on pesticides -- now if we reach 2 million, we can
persuade the EU to get rid of these crazy poisons and pave the way for a ban
worldwide. Sign the urgent petition and send this to everyone -- Avaaz and
leading MEPs will deliver our message ahead of this week's key meeting in
don't just make honey, they are vital to life on earth, every year
pollinating 90% of plants and crops -- with an estimated $40bn value and over
one-third of the food supply in many countries. Without immediate action to
save bees, many of our favourite fruits, vegetables, and nuts could vanish from
Recent years have seen a steep and disturbing global
decline in bee populations -- some bee species are already extinct and some
US species are at just 4% of their previous numbers. Scientists have been
scrambling for answers and now the European Food Safety Authority is saying that
toxic chemicals called neonicotinoid pesticides could be responsible for the
bee deaths. France, Italy, Slovenia and even Germany, where the main
manufacturer Bayer is based, have banned one of these bee-killing pesticides.
But Bayer continues to export its poison across the world.
issue is coming to a boil. EU parliamentarians are stepping up their
pressure on the European Commission and key governments to push new legislation
to ban the deadly pesticides, and we can offer them the public support they need
to counter the powerful pesticide lobby. Sign the urgent petition to Europe’s
leaders, then forward this email widely:
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