Posts Tagged ‘france’

Bee Killing Pesticide Banned in 2 Countries, Still US Approved

September 12, 2008

For over 2 years, the science community and the general public have been baffled at the disappearance of honeybees. Several theories have been pondered; About.com: Insects suspects 10. Maybe they are all true, but one has been nailed down.

Germany and France have both been compelled to ban the pesticide clothianidin (commonly called Poncho). It is used deliberately to deter and kill insects that would interfere with food production, but it is now so strongly associated with the Colony Collapse Disorder, France and Germany have banned its use. Just as poisons are not programmed to act against specific lifeforms, but instead work on most (arsenic, anyone?), pesticides kill. Although used for specific purposes, their effects are far reaching.

Even though the Environmental Protection Agency has acknowledged that this pesticide is harmful to bees, it has not banned the pesticide. It also has not released results of studies it supposedly required the manufacturer of the chemical to submit when it approved the chemical for use by Bayer (yes, the makers of Aspirin) in the US in 2003. And for this violation of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is suing.

In a time when humans are supposedly experiencing a major food shortage (although it is more currently a food distribution problem), how are we to react when a government agency made to protect us is seemingly more interested in protecting a corporation’s profits?

In Germany, not only has the pesticide been banned, but an organization called Coalition Against Bayer Dangers actually gets to sue Bayer for marketing the dangerous pesticide. Looks like our EPA might not only get sued for not disclosing its information on the pesticide, but could also get sued for approving it.

Let’s hope this all leads to bringing some bees back. But pesticides have a history of sticking around long after their use..

Not So Sweet: Splenda Slogans Banned in France

May 22, 2007

Merisant, a competing sweetener in France, won its case against Splenda which decided Splenda’s advertising is false. The ads, also used in the United States, say that because Splenda is made from sugar, it tastes like sugar.

From Paul Block, chief executive officer of Merisant:
“We’re pleased the Court held McNeil accountable for Splenda advertising that we believe has intentionally fooled a significant number of consumers into thinking Splenda contains sugar and no calories, and that it is a natural product; both are completely false… Splenda is a synthetic compound – created in a lab and manufactured in a chemical plant – and is no more natural than any other low-calorie sweetener.”

Splenda has 30 days to amend its packaging in France.

Splenda will face similar charges in a U.S. trial this November brought by the Sugar Association.