Sum Of US:
Suing Europe Over Bee Saving Pesticide Ban
Stop the Bayer/Syngenta Lawsuit
Bayer is suing the European Commission to overturn a ban on the pesticides that are killing millions of bees around the world. A huge public push won this landmark ban but Bayer and Syngenta, two of the world’s largest chemical corporations, claim that the ban is “unjustified” and “disproportionate.” But clear scientific evidence shows their products are behind the massive bee die-off that puts our entire food chain in peril.
This last summer, 37 million bees were discovered dead on a single Canadian farm. And unless we act now, the bees will keep dying if this giant corporation manages to bully the European Commission into submission; it would spell disaster for the bees. The dangerous chemical Bayer makes is a neonicotinoid, or neonic. Neonics are soaked into seeds, and in turn spread through the plant. These pesticides can easily be replaced by other chemicals that don’t have such a devastating effect on the food chain. But companies like Bayer and Syngenta make a fortune from selling neonics— so they’ll do everything they can to protect their profits.
The EU banned these bee-killers last May, after a massive public campaign and a clear scientific finding from the European Food Safety Authority that neonics pose huge risks to bee populations. Bayer fought against the ban every step of the way, using tactics taken from Big Tobacco—pouring millions into lobbying and fake science to stop decision-makers from taking action.
The current ban only lasts for two years before it’s up for review, and if it is allowed to intimidate the European authorities with impunity, then the pressure to overturn the ban will be huge. If the ban is overturned, this would be a massive victory for the pesticide industry, and a devastating loss for the bees and for all of us. It will make every environmental regulation more difficult, because companies that can’t win on the facts can use their enormous profits to fund expensive, baseless lawsuits. Bayer is an enormous company with many public brands. Neonics are a big part of its bottom line, but it can’t afford poor publicity on a global scale. If word gets out that Bayer is wrecking our ecosystem and threatening a creature responsible for pollinating a third of all our crops, the company will have to back down.
SumOfUs.org have been at the front of the global campaign to save the bees. Go to www.SumofUS.org to sign the petition to tell Bayer and Syngenta to drop their bee-killing lawsuit now. Let’s build on this landmark victory and take the bee-killing pesticide ban global.