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The Environmental Risks of Neonicotinoid Pesticides

Publication | 12 January, 2017 at 10:00

Neonicotinoid pesticides were first introduced in the mid-1990s and since then their use has grown rapidly so that they have become the most widely used class of insecticides in the world, with the majority being used as seed coatings.

Twenty Years of Failure

Publication | 5 November, 2015 at 9:00

Twenty years ago, the first genetically modified (GM) crops were planted in the USA, alongside dazzling promises about this new technology. Two decades on, the promises are getting bigger and bigger, but GM crops are not delivering any of them.

Europe's Pesticide Addiction

Publication | 13 October, 2015 at 10:00

Europe's dependency on chemical pesticides is nothing short of an addiction. Crops are routinely doused with a variety of chemicals, usually applied multiple times to single crops throughout the whole growing season. Industrial agriculture, with...

Food and Farming Vision

Publication | 18 May, 2015 at 11:00

We are living with a broken food system. It needs to be replaced urgently for the benefit of all people, and the planet. Greenpeace's Food and Farming Vision describes what Ecological Farming means, and how it can be summarised in seven...

Pesticides and our Health

Publication | 12 May, 2015 at 11:00

Since 1950 the human population has doubled, yet the area of arable land used to feed these people has increased by only 10%. There are huge pressures to provide food, at low cost, on land that is becoming more and more degraded as nutrients are...

Smart Breeding

Publication | 28 October, 2014 at 1:00

GE crops are very limited in sophistication, being almost completely dominated by herbicide tolerance and insect resistance traits. Could the numerous tools of biotechnology deliver better outcomes? This report tries to answer that question.

Plan Bee – Living Without Pesticides

Publication | 7 May, 2014 at 13:00

The drastic decline of wild and managed bee populations recorded in recent years in Europe and North America is alarming given our reliance on these insect pollinators for biodiversity and global food security.

A Toxic Eden

Publication | 24 April, 2014 at 14:13

This study reports results from the laboratory analysis of ornamental plants sourced from garden centres, supermarkets and DIY-stores in ten European countries.

The Bees' Burden

Publication | 16 April, 2014 at 9:30

This study reports concentrations of pesticides found in pollen brought back to hives by foraging bees, and sampled using pollen traps or direct from the comb. This is one of the most extensive studies of pesticides in bee-collected pollen...

Dripping Poison

Publication | 16 December, 2013 at 9:30

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has carried out reviews of the neonicotinoid pesticides thiamethoxam, imidacloprid and clothianidin in order to assess the possible risks posed by these systemic insecticides to bees.

Golden Illusion

Publication | 17 October, 2013 at 19:53

GE 'Golden' rice is a genetically engineered (GE, also called genetically modified, GM) rice variety developed by the biotech industry to produce pro-vitamin A (beta-carotene). Proponents portray GE 'Golden' rice as a technical, quick-fix solut...

Bees in Decline

Publication | 9 April, 2013 at 7:30

Honeybees and wild pollinators play a crucial role in agriculture and food production. However, the current chemical-intensive agriculture model is threatening both, and thereby putting food supply at risk

Ecological Livestock

Publication | 12 February, 2013 at 12:41

Options for reducing livestock production and consumption to fit within ecological limits, with a focus in Europe.

Glyphosate-tolerant crops in the EU

Publication | 30 October, 2012 at 15:51

Renowned agricultural economist Dr. Charles Benbrook was commissioned by Greenpeace International to make the first ever forecast of how Europe would be impacted by the authorisation of the cultivation of herbicide-tolerant, genetically-engineered...

Herbicide tolerance and GM crops

Publication | 30 June, 2011 at 8:00

The widespread and increasingly intensive use of glyphosate in association with the use of GM (genetically modified) crops poses further risks to the environment and human health.

Genetically Engineered Maize: The Reality Behind the Myths

Publication | 1 March, 2011 at 15:06

Currently the world’s big agrochemical firms that produce GE seeds – notably Monsanto, Bayer and Syngenta - are investing millions of dollars every year to promote so-called benefits of the use of their GE technology. But the truth is that many...

'Golden' rice's lack of lustre

Publication | 9 November, 2010 at 3:00

'Golden' rice has been in development for almost 20 years and has still not made any impact on the prevalence of VAD (vitamin A deficiency). Not only has it failed to have any impact on VAD while using money and resources that could have been...

Thai Rice Industry at Risk

Publication | 12 October, 2010 at 11:46

Thailand is the largest exporter of rice in the world, and the Thai rice industry is therefore heavily dependent on the perceptions of its export customers. An unintended release of GE rice would disrupt Thailand’s rice grain merchandising...

GE enforces corporate control of agriculture

Publication | 19 July, 2010 at 11:00

The introduction of genetic engineering (GE) in plant breeding has been accompanied by the expansion of patent monopolies.

Ecological farming: Drought-resistant agriculture

Publication | 1 July, 2010 at 16:55

Human-induced climate change is resulting in less and more erratic rainfall, especially in regions where food security is very low. The poor in rural and dry areas will suffer the most and will require cheap and accessible strategies to adapt to...

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