22 September

Ending Pesticide Use

Torino-Lingotto Fiere

In the last fifty years, bee populations have been declining, this has become even more rapid since 2006.

There are many different causes, but almost all can be attributed to the effects of industrial agriculture. Beekeepers have long reported disastrous effects of pesticides, in particular, the effects of neonicotinoids, used for processing corn seeds, citrus fruits, and other products. Bees are incredibly helpful in monitoring environmental health and effects of pesticide use. There are already ‘central beehives’ that detect traces of pesticides in pollen, but these research efforts must be strengthened, and the data obtained from them should be used to orientate the agricultural policies.


  • Claudio Porrini, Italy, entomologist researcher at the University of Bologna;
  • Franziska Achterberg, Belgium, Greenpeace EU Food policy advisor;
  • Diego Pagani, Italy, President Conapi.

Moderator: Francesco Panella, Italy, President Bee life.

The Terra Madre thematic Forums are presented by delegates of the network and are open to the public as long as seats are available.

Priority entrance reserved for delegates. Access requires registration on site.

22 September

11:00 - 13:00

Food for Change – Api e insetti/ Bees and Insects – Pad./Pav. 1