Trading Away Our Bees

About the webinar

The die-off of bees and other pollinators poses an enormous threat to our food and agriculture system and environment. A growing body of scientific evidence points to neonicotinoids (neonics), a class of systemic pesticides, as a primary cause of the massive decline of bees. Last year the EU imposed a moratorium on certain neonics, and a broader review of harmful pesticides is underway. Environmental and agriculture organizations are pushing for a ban in the U.S. at both the state and federal levels, and several cities have already banned neonics.

This progress could be undermined by the push in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) to harmonize standards down to the lowest level. Civil society groups in the EU point to a “regulatory freeze” that is blocking progress on endocrine disruptor and neonic regulation. TTIP negotiations also threaten the EU’s use of the Precautionary Principle, which strengthens their ability to protect public health and the environment when there is scientific uncertainty. TTIP could also affect the growing number of U.S. city and state-level regulations on neonics.

Presentation Slides


Martin Dermine

Pesticide Action Network Europe

Martin Dermine is the Honeybee Project Coordinator at Pesticide Action Network Europe.

Karen Hansen-Kuhn

Karen Hansen-Kuhn

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

Karen Hansen-Kuhn has been working on trade and economic justice since the beginning of the NAFTA debate. She has published articles on U.S. trade and agriculture policies, the impacts of U.S.…

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Jim Kleinschmit

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

Jim Kleinschmit is a senior adviser for IATP's Climate and Energy Initiatives, which focuses on strengthening the link between rural economic policy and local, democratic decision-making in order…

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Robert Pederson


Robert Pederson is Food Policy Coordinator at ARC 2020. The main focus of this work to advocate for a healthy, equitable, sustainable food system in the context of the Transatlantic Trade and…

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Jennifer Sass, Ph.D.

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Jennifer Sass brings to her job a highly specialized expertise in U.S. chemicals policy. Much of her work is focused on understanding and explaining the science behind toxic chemical regulation…

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Posted November 4, 2014