The UK Government says it will back an EU extended ban on neonicotinoid pesticides, which have been widely shown to harm bees and other pollinators.
Dangerous levels of neonicotinoid insecticides have been found in 75% of the world’s honey samples, reveals a new study.
In the largest ever field study investigating the impact of neonicotinoids on bees, researchers found that exposure resulted in a 24% decline in numbers.
The annual European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) report on pesticide residues in food has had an overly positive interpretation by the European body, according to Greenpeace and the Pesticide Action Network (PAN)-Europe.
UN experts call for new global treaty to regulate and phase out the use of dangerous pesticides in farming
The EU should increase investment in organic agriculture and use it as a field ‘laboratory’ for the development of sustainable and healthy food production.
Aldi is making a further push to steal customers away from the big US natural food retailers such as Whole Foods Market and Trader Joe.
Bayer and Syngenta have been criticized for not publishing research that found high doses of their neonicotinoid pesticides cause serious harm to honey bee colonies.
After its emergency application to use neonic seed treatments on oilseed rape this autumn was rejected by Defra, the NFU has submitted a second request.
According to newly published documents, Bayer and Syngenta were involved in a crucial meeting in May to decide if the EU-wide ban of their neonicotinoid pesticides should be overturned in the UK, The Guardian has reported. The record of the meeting with the Expert Committee on Pesticides (ECP) was previously supressed, says the paper, and […]
Following the UK Government’s decision to temporarily lift the ban on neonicotinoids last week, Friends of the Earth (FoE) has said that it is taking legal steps over the move. The environmental group has written a judicial review pre-action letter to Liz Truss, secretary for the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA), as […]
Pesticide campaign group PAN UK is launching an initiative aimed at ridding public parks in Britain of toxic herbicides and pesticides – starting with Brighton & Hove. PAN UK says there is a growing body of evidence about the harmful effects of pesticides on human health and the environment. Just a few weeks ago the […]
The French biodynamic winemaker fined earlier this year for refusing to spray his crop with insecticide has had his conviction overturned. In April, Emmanuel Giboulot was found guilty by a French court of illegally defying an official order to treat his vineyard against the leafhopper, an insect believed to be responsible for the spread of […]
Jamie Oliver has warned that a controversial trade deal between the EU and US could open the door to food imports containing growth hormones and banned pesticides. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement is being presented by big business as a way to remove trade barriers and make business easier. But others warn […]
The organic movement’s original aim of making good food available to all has been derailed, says the restaurateur Raymond Blanc. Instead, he says, organic food has become the preserve of the well off. In an interview in the Daily Telegraph, the longtime organic supporter says that the industry has “shot itself in the foot by […]
A NEW study by scientists in Australia shows that eating an organic diet fort just one week can reduce pesticide levels in adults by 90%. The study, carried out at RMIT University, is the first to compare the differences in pesticide residues in adults who consume organic and conventional food. Published in the journal Environmental […]
The amount of food contaminated with pesticide residues has nearly doubled in a decade, a new report from the Pesticide Action Network (PAN) reveals. Pesticides On A Plate, which uses official government data on pesticides (last updated in 2011), shows that half of all fruit and vegetables contain pesticide residues – rising to 98% for […]
The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ruled that an organic industry advertisement did not mislead consumers about pesticide exposure. (more…)
A major new report by President Obama’s Cancer Panel concludes that eating organic food is an effective way of reducing exposure to dangerous chemicals. (more…)