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Rosemary Fost 1925 - 2013

It is with regret that we announce that Rosemary Fost passed away peacefully on 11th March 2013. Rosemary was a Committee Member of the McCarrison Society as well as a Trustee and former Chair of the Pioneer Health Foundation where, in recent years, she had started and ran the Mary Langman Prize Competition.
      From the Pioneer Health Foundation: "Rosemary Fost enthused about the Peckham Experiment when doing a BPhil at Oxford by a doctor cousin sent to ‘observe’. She later joined the Soil Association and the National Childbirth Trust (then the Natural Childbirth Association) researching the biology of birth and bonding, as Hon Sec Education Committee and editor of the NCT Newsletter. A family fed from ‘Wholefood’, Baker Street, enabled close links with Mary Langman, the personal assistant of Scott Williamson, and colleague of Eve Balfour."
 A Memorial Service will be announced in due course.

The Good Scots Diet - what happened to it?

Public Meeting of the McCarrison Society, Scottish Branch
The Good Scots Diet - what happened to it?

18th May 2013, 10:30-16:00
Birnam Arts & Conference Centre (Birnam, By Dunkeld, Perthshire)

Speakers include:

Maisie Steven
Dr Karen Scott (Rowett Institute)
Peter Ritchie (Nourish Scotland)
Elsie Downham (Soils Association)
Prof. Michael Crawford (Imperial College, McCarrison Society)
Bob Lister (McCarrison Society)

Cost: £20/person (includes lunch and tea/coffee)
Booking in advance is recommended

For registration, programme details & other enquiries, please contact Dr Cedric de Voil
01241 872614 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bees success!

 Greenpeace UKWe did it - the majority of Europe voted to ban bee pesticides!

It's the world's first continent-wide ban on these chemicals and it's a moment our movement can be proud of.

Someone who has nothing to be proud of is the UK environment minister Owen Paterson, who not only voted against the ban, but lobbied on behalf of chemical giants Syngenta and Bayer to try and stop it going through. Paterson in a private letter even promised Syngenta that his "efforts would intensify" in the run-up to the vote [1].

Well, Mr Paterson, you lost. The bees won.

We know the current UK government has a disastrous track record on protecting our world - from climate change to bees. That's why so much of our work on this campaign has focused on mainland Europe, where we managed to shift big countries like Germany who yesterday gave the ban their critical backing. That’s what a global network allows us to do.

Although we've been working in Europe against these bee-killing chemicals for years, here are a few of the things we've done in the past two weeks:

  • Campaigning on the ground in 12 key countries
  • Massive banner dropped on Syngenta's HQ in Basel, Switzerland on 17th April
  • Turning the Austrian ministry of agriculture into a giant honeycomb on 18th April
  • Protest with hives outside Syngenta's annual general meeting in Switzerland on 23rd April
  • Giant banner on roof of Bayer's annual general meeting in Cologne, Germany on 26th April
  • ‘Funeral for the queen bee’ at a Bayer factory in the Netherlands on 26th April
  • Joint ‘March of the Beekeepers’ with other campaigning organisations in Parliament square in the UK on 26th April

Although we failed to shift our UK representative Owen Paterson to support the ban, our movement still managed to shift the critical players across Europe and get the ban we all want.

And therein lies our strength. Like the bees who roam from field to field oblivious of the fences that divide their flowers, we'll go wherever we need to in order to protect our environment and the world we live in.

Yesterday we showed the real strength of our global movement and achieved a remarkable success. We need more of these.

Share the good news on Facebook to show exactly what we can achieve together.

The more of us who do it, the more we will win.

Still buzzing,

PS Although this is a major success, our work is just starting. Have a read of our Bees in Decline report to find out more.


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