NOOOOO, France!

URGENT: a new bee-killing pesticide has just been approved in France and we don't have much time to fight this decision!

The French Environment Minister can still stop this attack on the bees -- but we need a global outcry to get him to stand up against the pesticide industry!

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We’ve just learned that regulators in France have authorised the use of a new bee-killing pesticide called Sulfoxaflor. It’s a neonicotinoid -- the class of pesticides that is known to pose a deadly risk for bees and other pollinators.

We still can’t believe it!

France has been at the forefront of the battle to protect... the bees: it is the first country to ever decide on an outright ban of all neonics starting in 2018.

This decision to allow a new kind of neonicotinoid threatens to undermine all that we’ve fought for!

We need to act and act quickly. The regulators’ decision can still be undone by the French minister for the environment, Nicolas Hulot. We need to show him that the decision taken in France matters to all of us around the world.

Tell the French Minister Nicolas Hulot to make sure bee-killing pesticides will not be approved in France!

The neonicotinoid ban will start to come into effect - with some exceptions - in France next year with a complete ban due in 2020. But behind the scenes the chemicals industry has been lobbying to create giant bee-killing loopholes in the tough French law.

According to Greenpeace, the industry is pushing for Sulfoxaflor not to be counted as a neonic so they can go on selling bee-killing pesticides and get round the French ban.

France is now Europe’s laboratory for how a future neonic ban will work in practice. The industry is fighting back hard. If they succeed in creating giant loopholes in France’s ban then it serves as a template for the rest of Europe. We cannot let this happen. We have to act now.

Can you help by telling the French Environment Minister to stand tough and veto the approval of the neonic Sulfoxaflor?

If it feels like we are fighting on all fronts, it is because we are. Hundreds of thousands of SumOfUs members have signed petitions, have tweeted and sent mailings, to make sure member states support a historic, EU-wide ban on bee-killing pesticides. The SumOfUs community chipped in to support bee-keepers in defending a bee-saving ban against Bayer and Co. in court.

Yes, the pesticide industry is a powerful foe, and they are fighting back hard.

But we are not going to let that stop us. We’ve proven time and again what we can achieve, when we come together.

Over 550,000 of us mobilised to help get a neonic ban on the French law books -- and we succeeded. Now we need to make sure the pesticide industry can’t make that law worthless through tricks and loopholes.

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Thanks for all that you do,
Wiebke, Nabil, Martin and the team at SumOfUs

Sulfoxaflor and flupyradifurone: Neonicotinoids or not ?
PAN Europe. 1 September, 2016.
Keepers warn of 'bee-mageddon' after France authorises controversial insecticide
The Telegraph. 20 October, 2017.

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