WHO WE ARE
POLLINIS, a nonprofit organization, campaigns for sustainable farming in Europe. It fights for the protection and conservation of pollinators, notably bees, and promotes the transition towards alternative agricultural practices, away from the systematic use of pesticides.
To pursue its goals, POLLINIS provides both the public and European policymakers with reports and information to support laws and policies that encourage sustainable agriculture. These practices have been proven to meet our food needs and are profitable to farmers, all the while preserving product quality, human health and the environment.
Established in 2012 by concerned citizens, POLLINIS currently has over a million followers across Europe. With more than 30,000 donors*—its only source of revenue—the organization’s absolute independence and freedom of action are guaranteed.
A dozen people currently comprise our team which includes seven full-time employees: agronomists, project managers, researchers, lawyers, writers and lobbying experts in Paris and Brussels.
POLLINIS, registered in the Transparency Register of the European Commission, is part of the European Parliament’s intergroup “Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development” and also takes part in the Sustainable Food Systems Group.
The symbol of our fight is the dark bee, a complex and little known pollinator that is both a victim of our current intensive agriculture system and essential to food production.
* As of September 1st, 2015
We believe that agriculture has a responsibility toward the people who consume its products and who, as taxpayers, indirectly finance massive farming subsidies. To give people a voice in the debate on European agriculture—the environment, well-being and food safety—POLLINIS raises citizen awareness through emailing campaigns and presents petitions to policymakers and institutions.
POLLINIS focuses on the following issues:
- The protection of pollinators, particularly wild and honey bees.
- The progressive ban of chemical inputs (pesticides, fertilizers).
- Farmers’ self-sufficiency and satisfaction.
- The promotion of alternative and sustainable agricultural solutions.