Game over for the bees

A brave group of beekeepers is taking on Bayer in court.

A, last week I had a phone call with the beekeepers taking on Bayer in court to protect our bees.

They desperately want to protect our bees from Bayer’s bee-killing pesticides -- and stop Bayer from destroying Europe’s historic ban in court.

I was so impressed by the beekeepers, but I was worried for them, because they don’t have the deep pockets that Bayer has to sustain this legal fight much longer.

But that’s where SumOfUs members like you come in. Can you chip in a small amount -- say the price of a pack of bee-friendly seeds from the garden centre -- to help the beekeepers defend Europe’s ban on bee-killing pesticides in court?

Together, you and I can give the beekeepers the strength they need... to take on Bayer and win.

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Thanks for everything you do,
Rebecca and the team at SumOfUs




Bee defenders are in a crucial court battle against the pesticide lobby -- but they’re running out of money in the final stages of this fight.

If we lose it’ll be game over for the bees.

Can you please chip in to help the bee defenders win this case?

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A,

A small, brave coalition of beekeepers is taking on pesticide giants Bayer, Syngenta, and BASF in court to save the bees.

They’re rapidly running out of money at this crucial time and they need your help to win this case.

If we lose, it would mean a world where Bayer and its friends get free rein to sell bee-killing pesticides again that decimate bee populations.

That would be game over for the bees.

The lawsuit’s about to enter its final phase with hearings to start any week now -- and lawyers are telling us that right now it could go either way.

A donation from you would go a long way towards protecting the bees -- paying for top notch lawyers and other resources that the beekeepers need to win.

Will you please chip in to save the bees?

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We need to protect the bees and other pollinators: over a billion jobs depend on them, and you have a bee to thank for every one in three bites of food you eat.

But the threat of large-scale bee-deaths is looming large thanks to bee-harming pesticides called neonics.

Last year, SumOfUs members across Europe celebrated a huge win, when the EU listened to us and decided to protect the bees and ban three neonic pesticides. But Bayer’s court case threatens that win.

Bayer is challenging a previous, partial ban on bee-killing neonics from 2013 -- before we got our big win last year. If Bayer is successful, it’ll undermine the main arguments that led to last year’s complete ban, leaving that wide open to be challenged in court too.

The beekeepers of the Bee Defender Alliance are our main hope to defeat the pesticide lobby. They are the voice of beekeepers and independent scientists.

But they’re up against Bayer, Syngenta, and BASF in court -- powerful and wealthy corporations that can strong arm the European Commission to get what they want.

You can help defeat the pesticide giants by chipping in to support the Bee Defender Alliance’s people-powered fight.

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We may never have as much money as the big corporations, but SumOfUs members like you have shown that when we stand together we punch above our weight.

Hundreds of thousands of you pushed France to become the first country to ban the chemicals responsible for the global bee die-off.

Together, we’ve sent beekeepers to confront Bayer’s corporate executives at its annual shareholder meeting. And we’ve forced big hardware chains across the world to stop selling neonics.

Last year, we worked around the clock to get Canada to join France in banning neonics, achieved a European neonic ban, and stopped U.S. grocery store giants like Kroger from selling bee-killing products.

Can you please help stop the pesticide lobby from tearing up this historic win for the bees?

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Thanks for all that you do,
Rebecca, Tricia and the team at SumOfUs


More information:

EU court upholds insecticide ban to protect bees, Reuters, May 17 2018 (the ruling that Bayer is now appealing against)
'Far-reaching consequences': Bayer to appeal against EU verdict neonics, Farming UK, 30 July 2018
Agri giant under pressure to drop appeal on neonicotinoids ban, Euractiv, 9 August 2018

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