*Victory! Over 380,000 SumOfUs members have helped win an EU ban on thiacloprid! Another neonicotinoid pesticide is banned in Europe, and people and bees are safer for it. Read more about this win here: http://bit.ly/33WBMvN
This is unbelievable. Inside sources have told SumOfUs that the EU could soon re-approve the toxic pesticide thiacloprid under pressure from its maker, Bayer-Monsanto.
Thiacloprid is a neonicotinoid pesticide -- just like the ones that the EU banned from outdoor use last year, after hundreds of thousands of SumOfUs members like you voiced your concern over the dangers those chemicals posed to bees.
But thiacloprid isn’t only bad for bees. It’s harmful to humans, too. Workers on farms where it’s used are in danger of suffering from its toxic effects, which include organ damage and even cancer.
We won’t let Bayer win this one. Thiacloprid’s current licence expires soon, and the EU still hasn’t announced its re-approval to the public. There’s still time to keep them from making a horrible mistake -- but only if we speak up right now.
Tell the EU to ban thiacloprid before it’s too late!
Thiacloprid is already banned in France because it's a danger to bees, but it’s also been shown to damage human and mammal reproductive systems. It’s classified as a category 1B reproductive toxicant and a category 2 carcinogen.
There’s no conceivable reason why this toxic pesticide should be legal in the EU -- but Bayer, with its million-euro lobbying machine, has managed to convince the European Commission that farmers need the chemical (when really, it’s the other way around).
But there’s one thing Bayer forgot about: Us. You and I have already fought the pesticide giant on the bees’ behalf and won.
It was our pressure that forced last year’s ban on three other bee-killing neonicotinoids, and together, we’re pushing the EU toward adopting stricter pesticide testing standards that take the health of bees into account. We can make the Commission acknowledge the real threat that thiacloprid poses to both bees and people, but we’ve not got long to do it -- so we need you on board now.
Tell the EU to get toxic thiacloprid out of our fields and our food!