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Bee-saving vote delayed two years

| June 13, 2019

On the eve of a Europe-wide day of action calling for the European Commission to protect bees from harmful pesticides, the Commission announced it will delay the implementation of new pesticide testing standards by a full two years and may revise them.

SumOfUs, a movement of consumers setup to hold corporations accountable for their actions, has announced its dismay that the Commission decided to listen to “the pesticide industry lobbyists over citizens”. The group organised a day of action and collected 230,000 petition signatures from Europeans calling for the swift implementation of ‘Bee Guidance’ standards first published by the European Food Safety Authority in 2013.

SumOfUs Spokesperson, Rebecca Falcon said, “The European Commission’s undemocratic decision to put off saving bees from toxic pesticides stinks of industry manipulation. The EU should be doing more to show that it is on the side of citizens and bees if it wants our support. SumOfUs members across Europe will continue to demand that the Commission scraps its undemocratic delay, starting with our Europe-wide day of action with events in Berlin, Rome, Paris, London, Dublin, Riga and Bucharest. To protect Europe’s bees, we desperately need these science-based ‘Bee Guidance’ pesticide testing standards, or bees – which we all rely on – will continue to die from exposure to deadly pesticides.”

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Published in International Pest Control – May/June 2019 issue.

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