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26 November 2013 Public Eye Nomination: please VOTE!!!
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26 November 2013 Public Eye Nomination: please VOTE!!!

Public Eye Award: Please VOTE to nominate Syngenta, Bayer and BASF, the bee-killers industries as the earth's most important environmental threat.

 

The Public Eye Award is the most renowned anti-price in the area of corporate accountability.  Since 2000, The Public Eye Awards mark a critical counterpoint to the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos. All the cases of environmental offenses and human rights violations nominated by the independent jury are documented on the Public Eye Award website. 

 

 

Problem/starting point

Syngenta, BASF and Bayer (“the bee-killers”) are giant multinational companies that produce and sell highly toxic pesticides, which are mass-killing of bees and other pollinators essential for the environment, agriculture and global food production. The business with bee-killing pesticides generates a profit of thousands of million euros for the companies and secures their control over the food production system dependent on the technology they sell. In 2013, some of these pesticides have been banned in Europe since 2013. However, the companies have largely denied that their pesticide business has negative impacts on bees and ecosystems. Instead, they turn to misleading advertisement, greenwashing, aggressive lobbying and pressuring of political institutions. Syngenta, BASF and Bayer are suing the European Commission for having imposed a ban on their products to protect bees and agriculture in Europe.

Consequences

Over the past years, beekeepers all over the world have been reporting a decline of bees with yearly bee colony losses of 20-50%. But bees and other pollinating insects play an essential role in ecosystems and the world could not likely survive a total bee collapse: Most plants and a third of our food depends on pollination by bees. The economic value of bee-pollination is 265 billion Euros per year. With the decline of pollinators, food will become more expensive and less diverse. In a world without bees – who would pollinate our essential crop and wild plants? The bee collapse is a challenge to mankind on the scale of global warming, ocean acidification or nuclear devastation.

“Syngenta, Bayer and BASF’s bee-killing pesticides put global bee populations at risk. But without bees, the ecosystem and global food production will be doomed.“ Francesco Panella, beekeeper and spokesman for the European Beekeeping Coordination.

Causes

Bee death is to a wide extent linked to destructive agricultural practices. Newly developed pesticides by Syngenta, Bayer and BASF are more and more powerful. These pesticides can cause acute and chronic poisoning with deadly consequences for individual bees and entire colonies (colony collapse disorder). In addition to pesticides, bees suffer from climate change, parasites and the increasingly monotonous landscapes created by industrial agriculture that leads to a loss of biodiversity, availability of food and undisturbed habitats. Regardless of independent scientific evidence, beekeepers claims and civil society demands, the companies still promote these bee-killing pesticides. Syngenta, BASF and Bayer are simply trying to protect their profits. However, this could come at the cost of the bees, the environment and human food security and sovereignty. The only solution is a shift away from destructive industrial agriculture to ecological farming.

Perpetrator: Syngenta, Bayer, BASF

Syngenta, Bayer and BASF are giant multinational companies that sell pesticides, agro-chemicals, treated seeds and various other products, paving their way towards controlling the whole chain of food production. Syngenta, headquartered in Basel, Switzerland reported sales of over US$ 14bn and a net income of US$ 1.9bn in 2012. In the same year, Bayer, headquartered in Leverkusen, Germany, showed sales of nearly € 40bn and a net income of € 2.4bn. BASF, headquartered in Ludwigshafen, Germany, even reported sales amounting to 78.7bn and a net income of 9bn in 2012.

Accountable person (CEO)

-Michael Mack, CEO of Syngenta, aggregated income $ 5.45 millions

-Marijn Dekkers, CEO of Bayer, aggregated income €5.06 millions

-Kurt Bock,CEO ofBASF, aggregated income € 5.286 millions

Nominator: Bee Life European Beekeeping Coordination 

Bee Life European Beekeeping Coordination (www.bee-life.eu) is an association composed of European beekeeping and agricultural organisations. Bee Life’s objective is to identify and solve problems related to environmental threats affecting pollinators, especially honey bees. Facing the dramatic decline in bees, Bee Life gives special attention to environmental threats linked to intensive agriculture. Bee Life has recently established an international alliance together with more than 45 beekeepers organisations, farmers associations, research institutes, citizen rights and environmental organisations called the “Alliance to Save the Bees and Agriculture”.

Supporting organizations

“Alliance to Save the Bees and Agriculture”:

Fédération des apiculteurs de Belgique (FAB-BBF) (www.bee-life.eu/en/who)

Fédération Française des Apiculteurs Professionnels (FFAP) (www.apipro-ffap.net)

Fédération Nationale des Organisations Sanitaires Apicoles Départementales (FNOSAD) (www.beekeeping.com/fnosad)

Fédération des unions d’apiculteurs du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg (FUAL) (www.bee-life.eu/en/who)

Syndicat National d’Apiculture (SNA) (www.snapiculture.com)

European Professional Beekeepers Association (EPBA) (www.professional-beekeepers.eu)

Union Nationale de l’Apiculture Française (UNAF) (www.unaf-apiculture.info)

Deutscher Berufs und Erwerbs Imker Bund (DBIB) (www.berufsimker.de)

Unione Nazionale Associazioni Apicoltori Italiani (Unaapi) (www.mieliditalia.it)

Confédération Paysanne (www.confederationpaysanne.fr)

Asociación Galega de Apicultura (AGA) (www.apiculturagalega.org)
Gemeinschaft der europäischen Buckfastimker (GdeB) (www.gdeb.eu)

Fundación Amigos de las Abejas (www.abejas.org)

Landesverband für Bienenzucht (www.imkereizentrum.at)

Österreichischer Erwerbsimkerbund (www.erwerbsimkerbund.at)

Associazione Italiana per l'Agricoltura Biologica (AIAB) (www.aiab.it)

Biocoop (www.biocoop.fr)

Demeter Schweiz (www.demeter.ch)

Fondazione Italiana per la Ricerca in Agricoltura Biologica e Biodinamica (FIRAB) (www.firab.it)

Unio de Llauradors i Ramaders del Pais Valencia (www.launio.org)

ARC2020 (www.arc2020.eu)

BugLife (www.buglife.org.uk)

Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz (BUND - Friends of the Earth Germany) (www.bund.net)

Coalition against BAYER-dangers (CBG) (www.cbgnetwork.org)

Confederación de Ecologistas en Acción (www.ecologistasenaccion.org)

Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) (www.corporateeurope.org)

Environmental Justice Foundation, (www.ejfoundation.org)

European Environmental Bureau (www.eeb.org)

European Green Party (www.europeangreens.eu)

Générations Futures(www.generations-futures.fr)

Global2000 (Friends of the Earth Austria) (www.global2000.at)

Greenpeace (www.greenpeace.org)

Friends of the Earth Europe (www.foeeurope.org)

Friends of the Earth EWNI (England Wales and Northern Ireland) ( http://www.foei.org/en/who-we-are/member-directory/groups-by-region/europe/ewni.html)

Fundación Global Nature (www.fundacionglobalnature.org)

Lagambiente (www.legambiente.it)

Pesticide Action Network Asiapasific (www.panap.net)

Pesticide Action Network Europe (www.pan-europe.info)

Pesticide Action Network Northamerica (www.panna.org)

Pesticide Action Network Germany (www.pan-germany.org)

Pesticide Action Network UK (www.pan-uk.org)

Slow Food (www.slowfood.com)

Soil Association (www.soilassociation.org)

SumOfUs (www.sumofus.org)

Védegylet (Protect the Future) (www.vedegylet.hu)

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