European organic industry activists have been hoping their March Against Bayer & Syngenta "virtual" events would gain traction but the only people talking about it on social media are paid allies and Russian propaganda sites such as Russia Today and Sputnik. So they are pivoting to the less educated population in Brazil, whom they hope can be exploited with more success, so they are targeting European agriculture companies that way. Campanha Permanente Contra os Agrotóxicos e Pela Vida has been using identical "highly hazardous pesticides" advocacy messaging in efforts to worry indigenous people that pesticides which politicians have banned in the EU can still be sold elsewhere.

They may be losing in the EU itself. The worldwide COVID-19 crisis has shown how vital modern food production is, and how quickly the system can collapse, so organic industry NGOs want the European Commission to publish the Farm to Fork Strategy devised before the coronavirus pandemic - or else risk a dramatic unraveling of it as Europe moves back toward the science of food and medicine. The NGOs are absolutely tone deaf in insisting that trade agreements with other nations require social justice provisions and to be bullied into European political beliefs about agriculture. The German advocacy group Aurelia Foundation hopes to stop all science itself. They launched a petition demanding German regulators adopt the precautionary principle and ban research on gene-edited bees, who suffer from stress when they are transported around for pollination or after getting new homes during the amateur beekeeping fad. 

French beet growers are demanding a rethink of the ban on neonicotinoids because of aphid infestations that inferior alternative products cannot control.

Meanwhile, the European Food Safety Authority has found yet again that food is safe and so there is no need for new rules on chemicals. 

The only group still struggling to return to the world of 2019 is the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) of France. Though still reeling from controversy due to its collaboration with trial lawyers hoping to sue Monsanto and Bayer over glyphosate, They are ignoring that the weakness of their methodology has been exposed and now a group led by Jiri Zavadil will try to claim genotoxic effects following long-term exposure of cultured cells to glyphosate. Cell cultures, mouse models, and poorly designed epidemiology claims are unlikely to succeed in a post-coronavirus world, when the public want real risk, but they hope to use their media connections to trump biologists, chemists, and toxicologists who have all been critical of their previous monograph on the weedkiller.

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