Beekeepers, scientists, policy-makers and other relevant parties are to set up a European bee partnership that could transform the way bee health is assessed in the EU – Brussels-2017-26th of June.

Comment by Dr. Friedrich Hainbuch, ANME:

As a participant of group TWO I can only speak for this group. In principle, I can say that many delegates and representatives of various EU institutions were involved. Also many representatives of the agrochemical groups and a few scientists attended.
I missed critical and rather skeptical scientists, such as Thomas Seeley, Randolf Menzel, Prof. Tautz, Dr. Safer, Dr. Alexandra Henrion-Claude or G.-E. SérTalini.

In this spectrum research and industrial interests were located, on one side:
The first EU-wide field-study which documents bee-damaging by neonicotinoids, "The degradation rate of thiamethoxam in European field studies"  and on the other side a contradictory study, commissioned by BAYER industries, which showed that Imidacloprid and other neonicotinoids were absolutely non-toxic for bees.

by Nora Laubstein (ANME e.V.) May, 2009

foodA worldwide dispute is actually raging involving all the political forces, national and international, and goes almost unnoticed by patients and consumers. Facing each other on this battle field we find the so-called „food-mafia“versus the so-called pharmaceutical lobby“, both terms the so entitled opponents react very sensitive to.

And indeed those collective denominations are not helpful: food producers, conventional farmers, bio farmers and biological or synthetic food supplements are being lumped together on one hand and worldwide acting drugs conglomerate, committed small companies, gene technologies concerns and biological traditional drugs producers on the other hand – this is provided for by the legislation but leads off target as shown in the current quarrel.