The World’s Biggest Chemical Companies are Sueing the European Union for Banning Neonicotinoids

Bayer and Syngenta are sueing the European Union for banning their special death-by-neonicotinoid pesticides. Whatever next?

This is an utter travesty. The fight for the bees is a massive bugbear of mine, and I’m sorry to see that the onslaught against bees and most of the pollinators by massive chemical companies (Syngenta and Bayer in this case) hasn’t ended in Europe. We aren’t even allowed a 2-year recess to still enjoy having plants and flowers and food that hasn’t been ‘improved’ by genetic and chemical engineering. We’re in a bunch of different countries, miles away from wherever the Syngenta Head Office is and we have to rely on a gaggle of politicians in Brussels to make the best call.

The EU made the right decision in the start. They banned the neonicotinoid pesticides. (No thanks to the UK’s environment minister, Jeremy Hunt, who voted against the ban). The only issue I had with them banning the pesticides was that they said the ban would only be in place until a review in two years time. It should be forever.

It’s all part of Syngenta and Bayer’s evil plan.

Genetic engineering is part of the chemical companies’ motivations. They own an awful lot of a few strains of genetically modified seeds. Millions of seeds, but just a few different types. Maybe ten; maybe a thousand. Whatever. It could never be as many as is contained within Nature.

These GMO seeds will need no pesticide in the future. So why the massive legal tantrum thrown by Syngenta and Bayer?

It’s a two-step process for their business plan. They’re long-sighted for their own fortunes. They sell everyone these neonicotinoid pesticides (and when I say ‘everyone’, I mean all crop producers in the world) and this will directly lead to us being forced into buying their GMO seeds which grow the way you expect and don’t need pesticides (or pests) at all. They get two nice wadges of profit, one from the pesticides, one from the seeds.

They kill the ‘pests’ (and pollinators, which aren’t usually included as pests, such as bees) that help our crops grow, and then replace them with their own crops that don’t need the helpful ‘pests’.

Oh, and they get to control the world’s food supply. Corporate terrorism is lying in wait.

Why do Bayer and Syngenta even think they have the right to sell neonicotinoids in Europe?

Their business plan will have forecast how much profit they would expect to earn if every farmer in Europe used their pesticides. And now somehow it’s their God-given right to obtain that profit (see, that’s why it’s called a forecast. Like £5 mystic megs at a gypsy fair, accountants forecast it and the fortune-seeker goes off and makes it happen). Given the apathetic (and possibly greedy) vote by our environment minister, I’m not sure we can trust everyone to do the right thing. And what if the EU decides it doesn’t have the money to fight? Legal battles can take a long time.

So, in the longrun, Bayer, Monsanto, Syngenta and co. will likely win out, unless the resolution of the European Union is steadfast to keep these poisons out of our ecosystem.

This petition is part of SumofUs’s campaign to keep the ban against European use of neonicotinoids. They need about 8,521 more petitions to hit 300,000, so please, click on the link and put your name down!

 

Cover reveal: ELEANOR by Johnny Worthen

This is my friend, Johnny. Johnny Worthen not looking too crazy today

He wrote a rocking thriller novel about a demon who was a man’s true love, BEATRYSEL and now he’s written something else about a girl who is, but isn’t.

ELEANOR is a young adult, paranormal novel, the first of a series of three, although I know it’s considered by the publisher to be a standalone in addition. So you don’t have to feel like you gotta read the rest of the series (although you will want to, I guarantee it).

This is the cover of his new book, ELEANOR and if it’s treated as sensitively as his last book, it’ll be top of my reading list when it comes out next year.

The Brand New Eleanor Cover

In the meantime, look out for BEATRYSEL in the bookshops. It’s in Amazon US and UK. I loved it.Beatrysel by Johnny Worthen. You better treat her with respect.

Guest Post: Who is the Criminal Now? By Diane Lefer – Rainstorm Press

I respect this lady so much. She fights for the rights of people who have been unfairly treated, and she sees the person under the mask. She also lends her support, literally by being there, visiting, telling the world of their plight.

There are so many disadvantaged, unfortunate people in the world, it’s easy to pass off someone like Diane Lefer, and suggest that she doesn’t focus on the people who really need her support … children in certain countries in Africa; wartorn refugees … the list is far more endless than any of us know. But in this world filled with people who are unable to dig themselves out of the hole their lives have thrown them into, good and advantaged people have to pick the folks who are going to benefit from their attention. They have to focus in on one group, to have the most effect.

Diane’s focus at this present time are the people who have been wrongfully incarcerated in the US justice system, and who have struggled to survive on the outside afterwards. This isn’t the only work she does, but it’s the work I know her best by.

Guest Post: Who is the Criminal Now? By Diane Lefer – Rainstorm Press.