- Published on Monday, 20 March 2017 04:30
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A scathing UN report calls the story that we need pesticides to feed the world a complete "myth."
We don't need bee-killing neonics and corporations are ignoring their harmful effects. It's time for a global ban.
For decades, agro-chemical corporations like Bayer have been trying to convince us that we need bee-killing neonicotinoids, and that humans simply can’t feed ourselves without them. A scathing UN report just called that story a complete “myth”.
This report on pesticides is a bombshell. Its expert authors say in no uncertain terms: the “myth” that humans need any pesticides -- not just neonics -- to feed the world is being spread by the “unethical” practices of global corporations who consistently deny the science showing the harms of using these toxins to grow our food.
According to the UN experts, science confirms that pesticides are likely making us sick. What's more, corporations know this but do nothing about it. They know and do nothing.
It's time for governments around the world to listen to the science and ban bee-killing pesticides once and for all.
We know that not only are bee colonies collapsing, but bird and butterfly numbers are plummeting too, and neonics are a key culprit. Corporate giants like Bayer and Syngenta have pressured governments to continue down this dangerous path, saying we need pesticides to feed the world. Now we know that story is complete bunk.
We don’t need neonics to grow food.
We’ve never been closer to ridding the world of neonic pesticides. Canada is considering a national ban on one of the chemical industry’s most popular neonics, imidacloprid. We’re fighting hard to keep the partial ban on neonics in Europe and France has vowed to institute a total ban by 2018. It’s time we put some real pressure on world governments to do the right thing and keep our bees, our food and our bodies safe.
Thanks for all that you do,
Liz, Michael, Ledys and the rest of the SumOfUs team
UN experts denounce 'myth' pesticides are necessary to feed the world, The Guardian, Mar 7, 2017
UN human rights experts call for global treaty to regulate dangerous pesticides, UN News, Mar 7, 2017
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