The Save Bees and Farmers ECI is the seventh successful ECI and it collected 1,1 million valid signatures. The ECI survived the COVID-19 pandemic, which rendered the campaigning and signature collection very difficult.
No more delay: speed up, with more ambition
The cautious EU proposals are very important and deserve more ambition. Instead, part of the politicians in the European Parliament, as well as many member states prefer to listen to the lobby of the pesticide producers and delay the decision making process. Many false arguments are repeated over and over again in the discussions involving EU and national policy makers.
Martin Dermine from PAN Europe, and main citizens representative of this ECI says:
“There is more and more scientific proof of the dire state of biodiversity and the danger of pesticides to our health. We can have no food production without biodiversity. We now have proof that pesticides spread much more than previously thought. They are found everywhere and even accumulate in house dust. Many substances are especially dangerous for the unborn and young children, in very low doses. It is also increasingly clear that they are an important factor in the unfolding Parkinson’s epidemic, as well as the rise in cancers.”
Helmut Burtscher-Schaden, GLOBAL 2000, deputy ECI representative adds:
"In the face of the current crisis, there is no alternative to reducing pesticide use and restoring biodiversity. We therefore endorse the Commission's call on co-legislators to find swift and ambitious agreements on their legislative proposals that will translate the citizens’ ambition into law.. The most harmful pesticides must be banned in the first place. To do this, we need a meaningful risk indicator. The current indicator is absolutely unacceptable and counterproductive. It would only protect the status quo."
Madeleine Coste, Slow Food, actively involved in the ECI adds:
“We need faster progress to make sure our food system is healthy, sustainable and climate resilient. We cannot continue ignoring the fact that clean water, healthy soils, biodiversity, and food producers who work in ways to protect nature, are essential to feed the world. We need much stronger support to farmers to put an end to their dependence on pesticides and more recognition of those who are already working with nature instead of destroying it. We expect the EU and member states to support and stimulate this and align the CAP and other food-related policies to further an agroecological transition.”
Save Bees and Farmers ECI is far from over
Martin Dermine concludes: “We will closely watch the follow up. An ECI is more than just a signature with personal data, it is an active involvement in the process. We will monitor the evolution of the political situation, debunk false statements and stimulate citizens to contact their national and EU politicians to show their involvement in every step. With the upcoming EU elections, politicians will have to show that they serve the common interests for health, clean water, good food and biodiversity and to strengthen farmers’ position in the food chain. Our future and that of our children and grandchildren should prevail over the profits of agribusiness.”
- Martin Dermine firstname.lastname@example.org +32 486 32 99 92
- Helmut Burtscher-Schaden email@example.com +43 699 14200034
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