Southerns Beekeeping Association

Bee defenders head to court

Wow. We’re truly overwhelmed by the response to our call to support the a small coalition of beekeepers as they take on pesticide giants Bayer, Syngenta and BASF in a crucial court battle.

It’s not often that words fail us, but this is one of those times — so we’re going to share someone else’s words instead. Master beekeeper and founder of the Bee Defenders Alliance Thomas Radetzki has a message to pass along:

As they head into court next week, the voices of beekeepers and independent scientists will be critical to defeating the pesticide lobby and upholding this ban.

When members of the Bee Defenders Alliance enter court hearings next week, they’ll be facing off against teams of corporate lawyers for Bayer, Syngenta and BASF. We want to remind them that hundreds of thousands of us are cheering them on from afar.

That’s why we’re going to bring messages of encouragement straight to the EU Court of Justice in Luxembourg for the start of the hearings.

Please take a moment to add your own words of solidarity or encouragement, and we’ll make sure they get right to the Bee Defenders Alliance.


Thank you for standing up for the bees,

Wiebke, Liz and the team at SumOfUs

p.s. Beating Syngenta and Bayer in court isn’t the only way we’re protecting pollinators. We’re about to deliver over 200,000 messages and comments supporting a proposed ban on deadly neonics to Canada’s Health Minister, we just filed a shareholder resolution at US supermarket giant Kroger calling on it to develop bee-friendly supply chains, and we’ll be working with allies to extend and expand the EU neonic ban. Click here to learn more about our past victories to protect the bees and our plans for 2017.

Credit to the photo

“Dear SumOfUs campaigners – and most importantly, dear SumOfUs members who donated: thank you for having our backs! Your support allows us to play big when it comes to protecting the bees. With your help we can fight to keep up the partial ban of neonicotinoids and for stricter regulations at the highest European court. Our bees and beekeepers say Thank You!!!”

Beekeeper Thomas Radetzki


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