Our fight against bee-killing neonic pesticides just got one of its biggest boosts ever -- and it’s time to ride the momentum into a global ban.
In a landmark decision, France passed a bill that includes an outright ban on neonicotinoids -- well over and above EU restrictions and exactly what scientists have been demanding for years if we want to save pollinators and the one-third of our food supply that relies on them.
Corporations like Bayer and Syngenta are already crying blue murder. But now, with France coming onto the right side of history, a global ban on these toxic pesticides is incredibly, truly, within reach.
The law still needs to be finalized by The French Senate. And corporate lobbyists are desperately trying to stop that from happening.
Will you stand alongside France’s bold lead and demand a global ban on bee-killing pesticides?
We’ve known this was coming. Europe temporarily banned neonics two years ago and a US-based court recently ruled that the Dow Chemical neonic sulfoxaflor should never have been approved.
Public opposition to neonics is growing by the day. There are are moratoriums on neonics in the EU, a ban in the U.S. State of Maryland, and two of Canada’s largest provinces are phasing out neonics -- one of which just defeated a court appeal. We’re reaching a tipping point.
Even corporations are coming on board. Earlier this year, a German supermarket chain, one of the largest in Europe, promised to ban any produce treated with neonicotinoids from its stores. And one of the USA’s largest lawn and garden chemical companies, Scotts Miracle-Gro, just announced it is turning completely away from bee-harming pesticides.
And not a moment too soon -- because the situation is getting more and more urgent by the week. Last year, one study discovered that neonics aren't just killing bees that ingest the toxins, they're killing birds too. Some butterfly populations in Britain declined by 60% in just one decade -- over the same period neonicotinoid use increased at its fastest-ever rate.
We’re so close. Let’s ban neonics once and for all. And save the birds and the bees.