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G r e e n p e a c e

Why Greenpeace?

To make a better world, GreenEcoBox has decided to team up with the non-profit organization Greenpeace. This organization runs several campaigns in different parts of the world and has the power to make a difference. The choice of this organization is strategic and is all about environment.

How does this partnership work?

For every Bee happy box delivered, GreenEcoBox donates €5 to Greenpeace. Thanks to this exclusive partnership, GreenEcoBox can choose a specific project and share all the information on the progress of this project with its customers.

Together we are strong

Sustainable agriculture and animal welfare
(bees and other pollinating insects)

Greenpeace Objective: Regulations Prohibiting the Use of Pesticides and Financial Support for Organic Agriculture

What is the campaign about?

  1. The cooperation with other conservation organizations to influence governments in Europe has launched the National Action Plan for Pesticide Reduction: Greenpeace must be heard and its main requirements (clearly defined pesticide reduction, promotion of alternatives) will be included .
  2. Pesticides, as a sub-issue of an unsustainable and polluting agricultural system, are becoming more and more of a public issue through our activities (measurable through media coverage and feedback from politicians and authorities).
  3. The constant promotion of organic farming and optimized integrated production.
  4. Introducing bees and the ecological alternative: Greenpeace shows the general public that solutions exist and sustainable agriculture is already being exploited successfully.
  5. Awareness and education of the Swiss and European population.

Project progression with Greenecobox

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Greenpeace Actions


Tractor spraying a pesticide on an apple orchard in France. Greenpeace has documented several apple orchards in France, in orchards and in some pesticide rooms where farmers store products. Greenpeace wants to demonstrate the intensive use of chemical pesticides in apple production, despite its negative impact on human health and the environment.

Bern, 4 February 2016. More and more scientific studies are linking the pesticide glyphosate to risks to human and animal health, Greenpeace, Environmental Protection Physicians (AefU) and the Consumer Protection Foundation (SKS) submitted a petition. Objective: The sale and use of glyphosate should be prohibited. © Greenpeace / Ex-Press / Miriam Kuenzli

Notes from Greenpeace

Since the beginning of 2013, Greenpeace’s agriculture campaign has been seeking to prohibit pesticides harmful to bees and the environment on the European and Swiss level; to promote and support ecological farming methods; to provide sufficient funding in order to do research; to develop and practice organic farming. In doing so, we can make sure that the natural habitats of the bees, pollinator insects and birds are respected, and their existence is not endangered.

After four years of campaigning, Greenpeace can deliver a positive summary: Thanks to successfully implementing the planned measures between 2013 and 2016, they have been able to lay the scientific foundations, and to receive an excellent feedback from the general public, the media, and politics. These successes have supported us in lobbying the federal agencies, but also the retailers and food producers (including Coop and Migros).

As a consequence, the use of the bee-harming neonicotinoids has been limited. Until the end of 2017, the Swiss Government worked on an action plan to reduce the risk of pesticides, and the first retailers have started to ban the bee-harming pesticides from their products.

In recent years, the transformation of the natural ecosystems into large-scale monocultures has been strongly accelerated. The use of synthetic chemical pesticides and fertilizers has become an integral part of industrial farming. The consequences of these farming practices for the natural ecosystems as well as human health are profound. Bee death is an example of the devastating losses of species and biodiversity, and a threat to global food security.

A paradigm shift in agriculture is needed– in Switzerland and on the global scale. To achieve this goal, Greenpeace is engaged in political lobbying, builds up public pressure, and presents hands-on solutions. Although Greenpeace has achieved much in the past, they must continue campaigning in order to protect the bees and develop an organic agriculture, which is not causing harm to the species.

Until the end of 2017, Greenpeace has taken further measures to promote a bee-friendly and ecological agriculture and to eliminate the risks of bee death.

Author: Sibylle Jenni, Philanthropy and Foundations, Greenpeace Switzerland