Biodiversity

Honey and GMOs

MEPs vote to support EU beekeepers and for clear GMO labelling for honey

The European Parliament's environment committee today voted on a proposal to revise EU rules on honey. A majority of MEPs voted to reject the proposal to change EU legislation so that the presence of GM pollen in honey would not need to be indicated on the label. The Greens welcomed the vote, with G...


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Public Eye Awards 2014

Vote for Bees and real sustainable Agriculture

The Public Eye Awards call on people all over the world to choose the worst case of offences against the environment and human rights. Syngenta, Bayer and BASF are being nominated for their role in the mass-killing of bees and other essential insect pollinators ...


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Brussels Agenda

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 25 - 29 November 2013

Greens/EFA priorities for the week include sexual and reproductive health and rights, railway safety, European investigation order, rules on car noise, honey labels, bee health and GMOs, sustainable reindustrialisation and competitiveness


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EU environment policy

LIFE programme gets priorities largely right but limited resources a source of regret

The European Parliament today voted to adopt the LIFE programme, the EU funding programme for environment and climate protection projects in the EU and policy preparation by the Commission (2014-20). Commenting after the vote, Greens/EFA environment spokesperson Margrete Auken said: "The LIFE p...


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Belo Monte Mega-Dam

14.11.2013

The Amazon up for grabs?

Our delegation's visit to the Belo Monte Mega Dam site this year made clear that from the streets of Rio to the upper Amazon, Brazil's social movements are reclaiming their democratic space. With several of the European companies involved facing trials for bribery and corruption related to the rewarding of public contracts in Brazil, we are also implicated and cannot shrug off our responsibilities.


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The Amazon up for grabs?

Public Conference and debate on the Belo Monte dam and its alternatives

CONFERENCE PRESENTATION Belo Monte is a controversial mega-dam complex on the "big bend" of the Xingu river, a tributary of the Amazon. Like other mega-projects, it is claimed that such large scale development will improve living conditions for local people, in line with the  Brazi...


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The BEE2BEES Project

Open Data for Healthy Bees

The B2B project just launched at EU level aims at developing an open source tool to follow up bee colony losses. Beekeepers can use this application, either on their smartphone or on a computer, to share information about the status of their bees. Regular reports will make it possible for beekeep...


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GMO authorisations

Commission bulldozing through genetically-modified maize in spite of concerns

The European Commission has today proposed authorising the cultivation of a new variety of genetically modified maize (1507, marketed as Herculex outside the EU) in the EU, which would be first GM maize to be approved in 15 years. The Greens have raised major concerns with the proposed authorisation...


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A pollinator-friendly agricultural model

06.11.2013

the way forward

This event aims to raise awareness of the link between the existing dangers to pollinators and the current agricultural model. The first panel of this working session will give the floor to renowned academics who will address the harm caused to pollinators by the current agricultural model. The speakers will focus on the so-called '3 P's': pollen, pesticides, pathogens, which are considered to be the main causes of bees decline. European beekeepers and NGOs will lead the discussion in the second panel, highlighting proposals for improvements and how these could translate into new EU agricultural policy.


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Join the Food Revolution

Play your part to take back control over your plate

It is time for food policies to reflect people's concerns. Join the Food Revolution now and share your examples of good practice and experiences with a wide range of people all over Europe.


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Plastic waste and bags

Commission sitting on the fence with plastic bag proposals

The European Commission today presented proposals to amend existing EU legislation on plastic waste with a view to reducing the use of lightweight plastic bags. Commenting on the proposals, Green environment spokesperson Margrete Auken (MEP, Denmark) said: "While a European approach to reducing...


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