TAG: EU

EPA Receives Protests Over Plant Labeling – and Listens

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If you’ve been keeping up with current news concerning the staggering rate of bee die-offs (or viewed Blackle’s recent post on the matter), you’ll be well aware the detrimental impact of insecticides on the global bee population. In addition to the decline of bee populations, this month’s coverage of insecticide-treated “bee friendly” plants from Home Depot and other garden centers has invoked powerful responses from environmentalists and concerned consumers alike. The insecticides used on these plants were neonicotinoids, a class of pesticides proven as harmful to pollinators and the food supply. After months of neglecting to respond to public concern,… read more

EU Shark Finning Ban

Shark finning ban

After 6 years of campaigning and debate, the European Parliament voted to close loopholes in the European Union ban on shark finning. Shark finning is slicing off a shark’s fins and discarding the body at sea. Pretty gruesome! The EU, which is one of the largest exporters of shark fins to Asia, banned finning in 2003, but in a loophole, companies with freezer vessels applied for special fishing permits which would allowed them to continue if they landed the fins separately from the bodies. After years of debate, the Members of the European Parliament finally voted overwhelmingly in favor of the… read more