Friends of the Earth, April 27, 2018
Friends of the Earth urges EPA and food retailers to follow
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The European Union (EU) governments today voted to ban the use of bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides on outdoor crops.
The vote by the EU comes after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) delayed regulatory action on most uses of neonicotinoids until 2018, despite receiving more than six million public comments urging the pesticide be banned in the U.S.
In response to the vote, Tiffany Finck-Haynes, senior food futures campaigner for Friends of the Earth issued the following statement:
“The EU’s groundbreaking ban on bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides is a huge win for pollinators, people and the planet. Given the overwhelming body of scientific evidence and overwhelming public concern, EPA as well as leading U.S. food retailers like Kroger should take immediate action and eliminate the use of these toxic pesticides.”
See wehat food retailers are or are not doing in the download Swarming the Aisles II: Rating top retailers on pesticide reduction and organic food to protect pollinators at Friends of the Earth
See also Chesco Environment Calendar here.
The triply sponsored picnic was well attended with about 75 people in all, and weather improved for us during the day. A good time for community sharing by people concerned about environment and human wellness. Here are some representative photos of the event.
Suzanne Adams speaks for West Chester Food Co-op. Photo by Dianne Herrin
Assorted signs on display. Photo by Dianne Herrin
Tim Niiler demonstrates Tai Chi. Photo by Dianne Herrin
Pete Lane sings his “Please don’t you spray on me” song, Nathaniel Smith holds mike. Photo by Dianne Herrin
Children enjoying frozen yogurt courtesy of Whirled Peace. Photo by Dianne Herrin
Opportunity for film buffs:
Don’t Spray Me and Sierra Club Sustainability Committee are working with West Chester University to create an environmental film series to be rolled out this fall.
If you are interested in film and would like to join the group, please contact Margaret Hudgings, email@example.com.
In September 2015, we circulated a petition in the southwest quadrant of the Borough of West Chester, calling on the Chester County Health Department to cease spraying pesticides for mosquito control, which has been shown to be ineffective and has been banned in many other communities.
We collected 425 signatures from local residents, and 98% of the individuals to whom we talked signed in opposition to the spraying.
Please click here to view and sign the petition. Every signature helps!