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  The agricultural-science world is looking on in horror as countries, regions and retailers are beginning to ban glyphosate, the active ingredient found in Monsanto’s main herbicide, Roundup. These restrictions are not being implemented on scientific grounds (per exposure level, coffee and biscuits are far more toxic than glyphosate) but on the basis of moral… » read more

  Posted by The Risk-Monger

  Dear Dr Deluyker Today at the Corporate Europe Observatory event in the European Parliament entitled Science vs Lobbying, I asked you a question that you declined to answer. I am not sure whether you had forgotten the question or if EFSA does not yet have a policy on this issue. As I think it… » read more

  Posted by The Risk-Monger

Interview with María José-Cornax, Fisheries Campaign Director for Oceana Europe. Recently Oceana, together with its NGO partner organisations, launched a new online database whofishesfar.org showcasing 15,264 EU vessels authorised to fish outside EU waters between 2010 and 2014. Where did the idea of the website come from and what’s so important about this initiative? The… » read more

  Posted by Oceana Europe

This Sunday, September 20, was Car-Free day in Brussels (as it was in 32 other European cities). Every year during the EU’s Mobility Week, the Brussels authorities close the city to traffic and its citizens have the chance to take their streets back. Bicycles, roller-blades, skateboards and people out for a pleasant stroll with their… » read more

  Posted by The Risk-Monger

  In my previous blog, I introduced 10 reasons why you should not feed your family organic food as a means to open up a rational debate. With these further 10 reasons, I want you to reconsider your position on the use of crop protection substances: Have you been manipulated by good story-tellers? Have the… » read more

  Posted by The Risk-Monger

  Recently the Mommy-bloggers paid by the organic industry lobby have been hitting the scientific and corporate communities quite hard with fear campaigns and ‘if you love your children’ guilt trips. Money is pouring in from all angles and even Hollywood stars are reading from their prepared scripts: “Pesticides and GMOs = evil”, and “Organic… » read more

  Posted by The Risk-Monger

  By Leia Achampong, Climate & Energy Assistant at WWF European Policy Office What’s #MyClimateAsk for COP21? It’s for governments to up-scale climate finance, and to recognise and affirm the need for inter and intra -generational equality. Mitigating climate change by transitioning to zero-carbon societies that rely on renewable energies, coupled with energy-efficiency initiatives, and… » read more

  Posted by WWF Climate & Energy Blog

Les fêtes juives représentent plus que des réunions de famille ou des gueuletons. La plupart des gens  ne se rendent pas compte de leur profonde importance spirituelle et de leur pertinence accrue dans  nos vies actuelles. Les fêtes juives sont une trajectoire de la destinée de la nation, un électrocardiogramme de notre rythme cardiaque battant… » read more

Oceana calls on the EU states to follow scientific advice in setting TACs and prioritise stock recovery in their final decisions Today, the European Commission has presented its annual proposal of catch limits (TACs) for the Baltic Sea. The proposal is based largely on scientific advice, issued by the International Council on the Exploration of… » read more

  Posted by Oceana Europe

  Last week EFSA released three studies on the foliar (sprayed) applications of three neonicotinoids related to bee health, and the results surprised no one. The only surprising result from their three almost copy-pasted press releases, all concluding lack of sufficient data and a possible risk to bee health, is that the civil servants in… » read more

  Posted by The Risk-Monger

EFSA has tried to use an illegitimate bee guidance document to reject the main bee science and push for a further ban on neonicotinoids.

This is the third part of a series that looked at how emphasising the hazard-based approach to regulations has led to irrational decisions and the rise of the contrapreneur’s agenda to return to some pre-industrial ideal world where we lived risk-free with nature. I ended by questioning how this incoherent policy agenda could succeed in… » read more

  Posted by The Risk-Monger

This is the third in a series that looked at how the hazard-based regulatory approach has led to the contrapreneur pushing the precautionary principle to challenge the achievements of entrepreneurs. This irrationality is only possible in a world where …

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