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Green light for the Save the Bees initiative

Green light for the European Citizens' Initiative (ICE) Save Bees and Farmers. After the milestone of 1 million valid signatures, certificates from 27 EU Member States were also accepted and the European Commission declared the ECI a success.

The organizers will shortly be invited by the European Commission, within 3 months also to the European Parliament, to share the #SalviamoleApi and farmers initiative. Biodiversity is in drastic decline, soils and waters are increasingly polluted by agrotoxicants. There is no time to lose.

The requests of #SavetheBees and Farmers

ICE #SavetheBees and Farmers asks:

  • phasing out the use of 80% of synthetic pesticides by 2030 and 100% by 2035,
  • the restoration of biodiversity on agricultural land,
  • financial support to farmers to facilitate their transition to agroecological practices. (1)

The pervasiveness of agrotoxicants is now known. The network who organized the ICE 'Save Bees' has shown that pesticides even lurk in bedrooms, as we have seen. (2) And it is now evident that two thirds of the planet is now poisoned by the residues of agrochemicals. (3)

Make way for agroecology

'This is the seventh successful ICE and already the second against pesticides. (4) This is a strong democratic signal to European and national decision makers to listen to citizens and abandon toxic pesticides. Farmers and science have shown that agroecology can feed the world without chemicals. It's time for our politicians to stop listening to agribusiness and start working for our children's future. ', comments Martin Dermine, main representative of this ICE and executive director of PAN Europe.

'In many EU countries, ministries of agriculture appear to have an unhealthy faith in the blessings of agribusiness or too close a relationship. Therefore, they aim to prevent the changes that would free our food system from addiction to chemicals. Collecting 1 million valid signatures during the Covid pandemic, however, is a strong signal for a transition to climate and bee-friendly agriculture', comments Helmut Burtscher-Schaden, Deputy Principal Representative of ICE (GLOBAL 2000, Friends of the Earth Austria).

Pesticides, a crucial stage

The green light at the ICE Save the Bees comes at a crucial stage. In fact, the proposal for a regulation that will replace Directive 2009/128 / EC, on the 'sustainable' use of pesticides, is being prepared.

The text has been thoroughly analyzed by a team of organizations for the protection of the environment and health, which presented concrete changes, of which we have reported. (5)


(1) Dario Dongo. #SalviamoLeApi, civil society calls for a true ecological transition without pesticides in the EU. GIFT (Great Italian Food Trade),17.6.22

(2) Marta Strinati. Pesticides in the bedroom. The analyzes of the ICE Save Bees. GIFT (Great Italian Food Trade), 21.9.21

(3) Marta Strinati. Pesticides, two thirds of the planet at risk of environmental pollution. GIFT (Great Italian Food Trade), 26.9.22

(4) 94 ICEs have been launched so far and only 7 have managed to collect 1 million valid signatures. In 2017, ICE STOP Glyphosate successfully collected 1,07 million valid signatures, calling for a ban on glyphosate, greater transparency on industry toxicity testing, and phasing out of pesticides.

(5) Dario Dongo, Marta Singed. Sustainable use of pesticides, demands for civil society reform. GIFT (Great Italian Food Trade), 4.9.22

Marta Strinati

Professional journalist since January 1995, he has worked for newspapers (Il Messaggero, Paese Sera, La Stampa) and periodicals (NumeroUno, Il Salvagente). She is the author of journalistic surveys on food, she has published the book "Reading labels to know what we eat".

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