Bees play a key role in agricultural production, yet the chemicals used in agriculture are a principal cause in the decimation of the world’s bees and other pollinators. And how about us? Do we realize that the molecules that affect their nervous systems also harm ours? Couldn’t we find a way to farm without annihilating the very creatures that trigger the circle of life?

Conference made possible thanks to the support of the European Union

Chaired by: Cinzia Scaffidi, director of Slow Food Studies Centre


Francesco Panella, president of UNAAPI, Union of Italian beekeepers

Claudio Porrini, University of Bologna

Fabio Sgolastra, University of Bologna and member of the EFSA European Food Safety Authority Working Group on bees 

Federica Ferrario, Greenpeace Italy

Diego Pagani, president of CONAPI, National Beekeepers Consortium

Renata Alleva, nutrition specialist and researcher at the IRCCS Rizzoli orthopedic hospital of Bologna