People4Soil: We’re ready: let’s go on!

We have reached the deadline for gathering signatures for the European Citizens Initiative (ECI) people4soil! In a few days, we will know if the quorum of 1 million signatures has been reached. Regardless of the result, the real work begins now. The European institutions and their decision-making processes are the main but not the only objective of this ECI.

Efforts made to gather these signatures were important; people who took action represent the human capital to be used to trigger radical changes in mentality and sensitivity of all European citizens. Without this change, any directive or legislation will always be partial and powerless before increasing soil consumption. In some Member States, certain laws already in force have already shown their limits, and also their failure in carrying out acts. Continua a leggere “People4Soil: We’re ready: let’s go on!”

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“Stop Glyphosate” Campaign

Good news: The European Citizens Initiative (ECI) to ban the use of glyphosate and other toxic pesticides has reached 1 million signatures! It is the 4th ECI to have been fully successful. The organizers decided to close the petition early in order to start the analysis procedure the EU institutions are obliged to respond to.

Why the urgency? Because (and this is the bad news) the European Commission sent in a proposal which will re-authorize glyphosate for another ten years. EU Member States ministers met in Brussels on 19 July, surrounded by protests organized by the Stop Glyphosate team near the European institutions

The glyphosate license which was given an 18-month long renewal in 2016, is about to expire again. The first vote is expected to take place in autumn. If we want the precaution to take place, civil society should keep fighting and persuade the institutions not to give in to chemical industry associations.

Stop Glyphosate! ECI

With the Stop Glyphosate! European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI), the Commission is asked to introduce a ban on the use of glyphosates in Member States, to reform the procedure on pesticide approval, and set goals on compulsory use of pesticide reduction at EU level.

In the case of Italy, we would like to remind you that the Ministry of Health’s ban on the use of phytosanitary containing glyphosate is not enough (Gazzetta Ufficiale Italiana, August 2016). If the ban is not put in place at European level, products containing glyphosate may still be exported from other Member States.

An IARC report (International Agency for Research on Cancer) of the World Health Organisation defined glyphosate as potentially carcinogenic for human beings. Test results from urine samples carried out – at the Bremen University Medical Centre (Germany) – over 18 Member States confirm that at least 44% of those tested carry traces of glyphosate. Proportions naturally vary from country to country with Malta, Germany, Great Britain and Poland high up in the ranking, with Macedonia and Switzerland among the last,

We would like to remind those who believe the danger is still not scientifically confirmed, that as the precautionary principle regulates – or simply common sense – we are not asking them to cease consuming products containing glyphosate (they are free to keep doing as they wish), but simply not to absurdly force others to do so. Moreover we insist that the danger of pesticides should be evaluated and verified in a transparent manner and not in labs of manufacturing industries or in those financed by these industries.

In February the SIP Forum Newsletter had alerted readers and SIP Forum members on the crucial importance of definitely banning glyphosate, and launching the ECI. The campaign is still ongoing, and over 700.000 signatures collected from January until now, over all Member States.

Unfortunately, the pace is weaker in Italy, and there is the risk not to reach the minimum number of signatures required according to ECI rules.

We would therefore like to ask our readers who have not yet accessed the website, to sign the petition: https://stopglyphosate.org/  .

If you have not already done so please spread this petition to your partners, friends and acquaintances… It is extremely important!

People4Soil: ECI main aims

A reminder of the main aims and motivation of the European Citizens Initiative People4Soil:

Soil is one of Europe’s main strategic resources, as it guarantees food security, biodiversity and regulates climate change. It is time to protect European soil.

 Aims of the ECI:

Recognizing soil as common heritage which needs protection at EU level as it brings essential benefits to do with our wellbeing and environmental resilience;

Developing a specific, legally binding framework to cover the main risks: soil erosion, soil sealing, loss of organic matter and biodiversity, contamination;

Integrating the United Nations sustainable development goals related to soil in EU policy;

Appropriate attention to and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the agricultural and forest sectors.

IMPORTANT! Gather signatures from friends, family, colleagues, and acquaintances. Keeping your ID with you, all you have to do is fill out the online module to be found on www.salvailsuolo.it