Reports

November 2017

Playground contamination study in South-Tyrol

South-Tyrol Organisation for Nature Conservation and Environment Protection, in collaboration with PAN Europe, recently published a report on the contamination of local playgrounds by pesticides from industrial apple production. Grass samples reveal that 40% of the playgrounds are contaminated by pesticides, exposing local children to toxic chemicals.

November 2017

Glyphosate Dismissal - Technical Report

Regarding the manipulation of science in the toxicity evaluation of glyphosate, much has already been said: the Monsanto papers, the copy/paste affair from the dossier into the RAR and other incidents show that industry has largely influenced the analysis of available science in the dossier to guarantee the approval of its pesticide product for market use. In commissioning this report, Générations Futures and PAN Europe wanted to find out how studies showing negative effects of glyphosate are wrongfully (unscientifically) dismissed during the pesticide safety evaluation procedure.

October 2017

Alternative methods in weed management to glyphosate and other herbicides

The present report aims to emphasise that we already have all the tools necessary to gradually start building a pesticide-free agricultural model and to confirm that weed control is possible using other means than harmful herbicides. There is an urgent need to develop technological methods of agriculture that do not depend on pesticide use. Using the popular glyphosate-based herbicides as a reference, the current analysis presents a wide variety of weed management approaches, where farmers work together - rather than against - nature and help maintain a high agricultural yield without contaminating the soil, destroying biodiversity and jeopardising human and environmental health. Since glyphosate-based herbicides are non-selective and of broad spectrum, the alternative methods presented in this report can also substitute the use of different herbicide products.

October 2017

Endocrine Disrupting Pesticides in Food

This report aims to inform European Regulators, as well as to raise public awareness, on the presence of certain pesticides, which have been identified to have endocrine disrupting properties in scientific literature, in European food. Endocrine Disrupting Pesticides (EDPs) may be putting the current European population and its future generations at risk. It is of utmost importance that these chemicals are properly regulated and Europeans be able to trust that their food is safe, for them and their children.

August 2017

Carcinogens in our food

EU policy provides that people are not exposed to carcinogens1. This means that alleged 'safe levels of exposure' (thresholds) shall not be applied to carcinogens and any exposure to these chemicals prevented. The industry sector has been attacking EU's policy on carcinogens for decades as one of their major lobby campaigns and has been promoting time and again the introduction of 'safe' thresholds.

July 2017

Flaws in Glyphosate Toxicity Assessment

This report by PAN Germany's Senior Toxicologist, Peter Clausing, argues that in their assessments leading to the possible re-authorisation of Glyphosate, EU authorities failed to acknowledge its toxicity, using highly questionable arguments, and in clear violation of existing guidance documents.

Political decision-makers should not play along with the pesticide industry in this scientifically questionable and, as it seems, interest-driven game. Instead they should be objective in their assessment of glyphosate, ensure that the existing scientific evidence is evaluated correctly, and apply the precautionary principle to guarantee a high level of protection for humans and the environment.

The health of 500 million EU citizens is at stake.

(Please find versions in other languages: ItalianFrenchSpanishGerman)

June 2017

PAN Europe Annual Activity Report 2016

PAN Europe reports its major policy actions and campaigns in the year 2016.

April 2017

Mid term review of EU Ombudsman's verdict regarding DG SANTE's pesticide decision-taking methods

PAN Europe in 2013 submitted a complaint to the EU Ombudsman regarding the massive (mis)use of a so-called 'confirmatory data' regime in the approval of pesticides. In case of observed high risks for the environment (birds, mammals, arthropods, fish, etc.) industry was granted the opportunity to submit additional information to show that those high risk do not exist, AFTER approval of their chemical.

February 2017

Bee Emergency Call : How Member States keep using banned neonicotinoids and how the European Commission does nothing to stop them

February 2017 - Executive Summary

Bees are still under threat from abuse of pesticides. Four pesticides which are highly toxic to bees (including neonicotinoids and fipronil) were banned in 2013. However, the pesticide and seed industry, farmers and many EU Member States are continuing to use these pesticides. This is through a loophole in the Pesticides Regulation that allows for ‘emergency authorisations’.

 

November 2016

AOP, the trojan horse for industry lobby tools?

AOP, the adverse outcome pathway, is a very interesting research topic. With AOP scientists try to find out HOW adverse effects develop in the body. AOP could be used in some future for screening of chemicals with unknown toxicity if it matures and shows good predictability of adverse effects.

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