Invitation: “Save the bees and the farmers!”  Hearing at the EU Parliament

Invitation: “Save the bees and the farmers!” Hearing at the EU Parliament

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On January 24, 2023, from 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm, with live broadcast

Brussels, Vienna (OTS) – On Tuesday, January 24, 2023, a important Hearing at the EU Parliament instead: Together with the scientists, the initiators of European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) “Save the bees and the farmers!” the demands of more than 1 million Europeans. EU parliamentarians from Committee on the Environment (ENVI), Committee on Agriculture (AGRI) and Committee on Petitions (PETI) and EU Commissioners have the opportunity to ask questions about citizens’ demands.

The only successful 7th EBI “Save the bees and the farmers!” calls for an end to chemical-synthetic pesticides in agriculture, the restoration of nature and biodiversity, as well as good support for farmers in converting to agroecology.

We eagerly await Prof. violet goats: For the first time, she will provide information on the results of the most recent studies on pesticide residues in the home, among other things, and report on the cocktail effect of pesticides on our health and the environment. the french farmer Jean Bertrand Lozier will show you how he reduced pesticide use by 80% on his 80-hectare farm. This was achieved without sacrificing production – on the contrary, he was able to increase his profits and reduce his workload. agricultural researcher Jeroen Candel will scientifically justify the urgency of acting now.

“THE Commission plans to reduce pesticides and restore biodiversity have been the target of coordinated lobbying attacks by the pesticide industry and agricultural advocacy groups since their submission in May 2020. As these plans take the form of legislative proposals, they are increasingly proposed by politicians – mostly conservatives. questioned.

“On behalf of all signatories and European civil society, on 24 January we will call on the EU Parliament to resist increasing pressure from the agricultural industry to water down or even withdraw proposed laws to protect nature. Given the latent climate and biodiversity crisis, we cannot afford to carry on as before. It would also go against the will of the people in Europe,” he emphasizes. Helmut Burtscher-Schaden, GLOBAL 2000 biochemist and one of the seven initiators of the initiative. “With the current petition, GLOBAL 2000 is ‘poisoning the bees’. Gift to you, more pressure on Austrian authorities to push for EU pesticide reduction.”

Audience Facts for “Save the Bees and the Farmers!”

  • Date: Tuesday, January 24, 2023, from 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm
  • Location: József Antall Building – 2T2 Room and transfer via Live broadcast
  • Speakers: Vera Jourova (EU Commissioner) Pascal Canfin (President ENVI), Benoit Biteau (Vice President AGRI), Montserrat de Dolor (President PETI), Damage by Helmut Burtscher (Initiator of ECI, GLOBAL 2000), Martin Dermine (ECI Initiator, PAN Europe), Jean Bertrand Lozier (Farmer), violet goats (Professor of Land Degradation at Wageningen University), Jeroen Candel (Assistant professor of food and agricultural policy at Wageningen University, organizer of the call for an ambitious reduction in pesticides, etc.

Announcement: On January 25, 2023, we will take stock and provide an overview of the next steps.

Questions and contact:

Selina Englmayer, GLOBAL 2000 Press Officer, +43 699 14 2000 26, [email protected]