Saturday, April 27, 2013

last minute lobbying to influence the vote in Brussels to stop the use of nerve agents killer

Europe is on the verge of a historic ban widely used insecticides in the world, who have been increasingly linked to a significant drop in the number of bees. Despite intense lobbying British ministers secretly and chemical companies against the ban, revealed in documents obtained by the Observer

a vote is expected in Brussels on Monday to lead the suspension of nerve agents.

bees and other insects that are essential to global food production as they pollinate three-quarters of all cultures. The figures plummeting pollinators in recent years has been attributed to disease, habitat loss and more, the almost ubiquitous neonicotinoid pesticides use.

The prospect of a ban has caused a fierce campaign behind the scenes. In a letter published in the


under freedom of information rules, the environment secretary, Owen Paterson, the chemical company Syngenta said last week that he was "very disappointed" by the ban proposed by the European Commission. He said that "the UK has been very active" in opposition "Our efforts will continue and intensify in the coming days."

Publicly, the ministers expressed their concern about the bees, with David Cameron said. "If we do not solve our bee populations, serious consequences follow"

chemical companies that make billions of products also lobbied hard with Syngenta, even threatening to sue the European Union responsible individual involved in the publication of a report found pesticides pose an unacceptable risk to bees, according to documents seen by the Observer

. The report of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), led the Commission to propose a suspension of two years to three neonicotinoids. "EFSA has provided a solid foundation for scientific research background and suspension" folder, said a spokesman for the Commission.


A series of high-profile scientific studies are related to huge losses in the number of queens produced significant increases and the bees have "disappeared" - those who did not return travel Food. Pesticide manufacturers and British ministers have argued that science is not conclusive and that the ban would hurt food production, but environmentalists say the damage resulting from pollinator die is even greater.

"This is a historic vote," said Joan Walley MP, Chair of the Green parliamentary oversight, the audit committee of the environment, including the recent report on pollinators condemned "extraordinary complacency "in government. Walley said: "You have to have evidence, but we must also take the precautionary principle - which is the center of this debate"

Julian Little, spokesman for Bayer CropScience, said: "Call me an optimist, but I still think the commission see the field of view, there is much evidence to demonstrate the use safe [and] whenever the state. members who reject the apparent trend Museum of Agriculture in the European Union. "However, Bulgaria is the only one known to have changed their voting intentions and reverse its opposition countries.

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