Something massive is happening in Switzerland right now. A brave group of farmers, scientists and citizens turned up to the Federal Assembly, blanketing it in leaflets, targeting politicians with hard-hitting adverts and bringing in chemical experts, all in support of one game-changing idea: Ban ALL non-organic pesticides.
Bayer-Monsanto and Syngenta’s chemicals are the lifeblood of the chemical-industrial agricultural system, but they’re sickening us, threatening our bees, and harming our planet. This group, Future3, has had enough -- and they’re not alone.
They’ve gathered enough signatures to hold a national referendum on the pesticide ban. They've launched an all-out campaign to get Switzerland to vote yes. If they succeed, the entire country will have to phase out every single synthetic pesticide within 10 years.
It's going to be an uphill battle. But if enough of us get behind the ban at this critical moment, we can make this a huge win for people power over the pesticide industry, paving the way for more victories across Europe and the globe.
Now’s the time to show your solidarity. Tell Switzerland you support the pesticide ban!
It's not just in Switzerland that the public is turning against Bayer-Monsanto and Syngenta's deadly compounds. Citizens across the globe -- including hundreds of thousands of SumOfUs
members -- have been speaking up en masse, telling their governments they
won’t stand for the contamination of the environment, the sickening of
farm workers and the deaths of bees.
And it’s working.
Last year, your pressure got three of the worst bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides banned in Europe. In February, Germans in the state of Bavaria turned out in record numbers to tell the government they want fewer pesticides and more protection for bees and other insects. If we keep pushing, state by state, country by country, we can get life back on our fields and pesticides off our plates.
That’s why we’ve got to come together now in support of this referendum. In the coming months, Syngenta and co. will bombard Swiss voters with propaganda so they can keep selling their toxic chemicals. Let's remind them what's at stake -- and show Future3 how many of us are behind them.
Support the members of Future3 and tell Switzerland you’re in favour of a full ban on synthetic pesticides!
Right now, a massive global petition could show these activists that we’re counting on them -- and they have our utmost support. Can we count you in?
The Guardian. 14 February 2019.
Future3. 1 January 2018.