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Hungary has shut its border to Serbia completely. So the refugees head towards Croatia instead (and Croatia then closes its border), and if the refugees do succeed they may need to cross minefields. Then fears are raised in Slovenia that the refugees might well head there – its PM Miro Cerar says the country will… » read more

  Posted by Jon Worth Euroblog

  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.

The European Commission has broken new ground in transparency over Big Tobacco lobbying around the ongoing EU-US trade talks. Well, it admitted there had been at least one meeting with Philip Morris about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) – which is progress of a sort. Responding to an information request by the Corporate… » read more

  From the time I was young, I was taught that labelling was bad. It was a means to restrict, pigeon-hole and limit someone or something. Labels were stigmatising and undesired. At the same time, labels were informative – it helped those intellectually challenged (most of us) to understand and take decisions (and for risk… » read more

  Posted by The Risk-Monger

When an industry lobbies to defend its market or interest, that is a normal part of the policy dialogue mechanism. When an industry lobbies to undermine trust in its competition, then we should have serious ethical questions about how that industry monitors its practices. When an industry knowingly spreads lies, or encourages others to do… » read more

  Posted by The Risk-Monger

Lobbying is unacceptable when an industry or organisation distorts the truth to gain an advantage. The organic food industry lobby has been doing this for years and no one seems to have taken much notice. Their main campaign in the US has 757 organic f…

  The Risk-Monger attended an event today on lobbying transparency hosted by the European Ombudsman entitled: Is Brussels the new Washington DC? For almost two hours, the room was forced to listen to talk about how to offset the influence of evil industry lobbyists – I was standing with the microphone in my hand, itching… » read more

  Posted by The Risk-Monger

Dear Dr Flüh Congratulations on your appointment as acting director responsible for bee-health in DG Santé. Your predecessor who had campaigned long and hard against the chemical and biotech industries, and had refused any semblance of dialogue, unfortunately has left you in a very difficult position with very little room for compromise on the neonicotinoid… » read more

  Posted by The Risk-Monger

As the European Commission DG Santé will soon review their disastrous precautionary ban of neonicotinoid pesticides (what the NGOs and activist scientists conjured up a bee crisis for), I only have one message to the man tasked with this re-evaluation: Farmers matter!

The recent International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) publication on glyphosate (a chemical found in Monsanto’s Roundup) once again illustrates how international scientific bodies continue to put politics over science, run anti-industry witch-hunts and have become the playground for environmental activist predators using the cloak of an international body to try to give their… » read more

  Posted by The Risk-Monger

The recent International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) publication on glyphosate (a chemical found in Monsanto’s Roundup) once again illustrates how international scientific bodies continue to put politics over science, run anti-industry witch-hunts and have become the playground for environmental activist predators using the cloak of an international body to try to give their campaigns a resemblance of credibility.

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