In 2013 no less that 353 325 tonnes of pesticides were sold in Europe, with the huge majority used in the agricultural sector. There is an excessive use of pesticides taking place. A study shows for example that, in France, arable farmers could reduce their pesticide use by 30% without reducing their yield.
PAN Europe advocates for pesticide dependency reductions, encouraging policy changes towards ensuring that farmers apply integrated pest management based on solid agronomic practices to prevent pest build-up and on the use of non-chemical alternatives, where needed. Farmers should apply pesticides only where absolutely needed and carefully select pesticides with the lowest harm.
PAN Europe is one of the main EU drivers pushing for a thorough implementation of the EU Directive on sustainable use of pesticides (Directive 2009/128/EC). This Directive clearly says:
Member States shall take all necessary measures to promote low pesticide-input pest management, giving wherever possible priority to non-chemical methods, so that professional users of pesticides switch to practices and products with the lowest risk to human health and the environment among those available for the same pest problem.
Especially we call for the SUD to be integrated into the Common Agricultural Policy hoping to get crop rotation back on the agenda, as number one priority of IPM according to Annex III to the SUD is crop rotation. We also fight for the SUD principles to be integrated into other policies,
For more information on low impact farming: http://www.low-impact-farming.info