Commissioner Andriukaitis left it to the JRC to assess the neonic ban. Conclusion: the 2013 ban was a failure. Time to retract!
My secret exchange on neonics with the European Commission
When an FOIA request was made for my email exchange with the EU on neonics, I thought I should share them in a blog. Enjoy!
The Neonicotinoid Bee Guidance Document: How EFSA was deceived by activist scientists
EFSA was deceived by activist scientists who hid their conflicts of interest to get onto the bee WG and shape regulatory guidance.
BeeGate Revisited (Pt 4). EFSA’s Neonicotinoid Scandal: Illogical, Illegitimate, Illegal
EFSA moved the goalposts to ban neonics. They seemed to have scored an own goal!
BeeGate Revisited. The Bee-Sting: Activist Scientists and the Abuse of Power
In 2014 the European Commission banned 3 neonics. Its decision was based on activist science gaming EFSA and bias within DG Sanco (Santé). Nobody cared.
BeeGate Revisited Part 2: The IUCN’s Activist Science Bee-Team: Who’s Who and Who’s Funding Them
This blog was Part 2 of what became known as the BeeGate trilogy. Originally published on 10 December 2014, it exposed the low qualifications of many of the activist bee scientists and the anti-industry, pro-organic organisations funding them. As EFSA is about to advise on the temporary neonicotinoid precautionary ban, I think it is a good idea…
BeeGate Revisited: IUCN’s Anti-Neonic Pesticide Taskforce: An exposé into activist science
Activist scientists had a strategy document on how they could manipulate the process to ban neonics. I found it.
The Risk-Monger’s Top 10 Worst Moments of 2016: The Year of Stupid!
My Top 10 Stupidest Moments of 2016. How I wish 2017 would be reasonable.
How to Deal with Stupid, Part 4/10: The Activist Playbook: How Stupid Keeps Winning
Stupid can win if it is clever. NGOs have developed an Activist Playbook – a means to take stupid ideas and strategically implement a campaign to successfully affect policy.
How to Deal with Stupid: Part 2/10 – Social Media: How stupid gets its wings
The Age of Stupid has grown from social media, with anecodotes from non-experts repeated and reinforced, creating trust (and opportunity) among the vulnerable.
How to Milk a Bull! Bad bee science and activist capture at the FT
A UK research centre uses bad data to correlate neonics to wild bee decline, and then Friends of the Earth captures the FT to save the bees. How do you spell “Stupid”?