Reports

May 2024

TFA in Water: Dirty PFAS Legacy Under the Radar

In February 2024, a joint research by the European Pesticide Action Network (PAN Europe) and its members revealed a sharp increase in the contamination of European fruit and vegetables with pesticides from the problematic chemical group of PFAS, also known as 'forever chemicals'. The current report focuses on their terminal degradation product, the highly persistent chemical trifluoroacetic acid (TFA). We analysed 23 surface water and six groundwater samples from ten EU countries for TFA residues and other PFAS.

April 2024

EU pesticides export ban: what could be the consequences?

EU pesticides export ban: economic costs and beneficial effects

February 2024

Toxic Harvest: The rise of forever PFAS pesticides in fruit and vegetables in Europe

Fruit and vegetables in Europe are increasingly contaminated with PFAS pesticide residues. This is shown in the analysis of official data from the national monitoring programmes of pesticide residues in food in Member States. The number of European fruit and vegetables with detected PFAS pesticide residues has nearly tripled between 2011 and 2021, with a growth rate of 220% for fruit and of 274% for vegetables.

December 2023

It rains pesticides from greenhouses: The end of a myth, greenhouses are releasing pesticides into the environment

The EU makes exceptions for the use of very toxic pesticides in greenhouses. To do this they presume these are closed places, with no release of pesticides into the environment. This report shows that greenhouses are not closed systems. They do leak toxic substances into the environment. We tested rain and surface water samples for greenhouse areas in Belgium, Germany, The Netherlands and Spain. The results are alarming: we found 62 different pesticide residues. We found a cocktail of up to 35 pesticide residues in a single sample.

November 2023

Europe's Toxic Harvest: Unmasking PFAS Pesticides Authorised in Europe

Executive Summary

We reveal the presence of eternal pollutants (PFAS) among pesticide active substances. These hazardous substances are exempted from the forthcoming European restriction, while their use in agriculture is rising. Immediate action is needed to get them banned.

October 2023

Pesticides: Play it safe!

We asked IPSOS to survey consumers about their views on pesticide use. This report presents the findings of a public opinion poll in six Member States of the European Union: Denmark, France, Germany, Poland, Romania and Spain. The six countries were chosen to give a good indication of attitudes across the EU as a whole in all its geographical, climate, political and economic diversity. The survey was conducted in August 2023 by the European Public Affairs team of the market research agency IPSOS.

September 2023

Glyphosate is polluting our waters all across Europe

The current levels of glyphosate use in Europe have resulted in widespread contamination of the environment, with the herbicide being detected in human urine, house dust, soils, and surface waters. Scientific evidence indicates that the concentrations of pesticides, including glyphosate, found in the environment negatively impact the quality of our water resources and put aquatic ecosystems at risk.

June 2023

PAN Europe - Activity report 2022

Pesticide Action Network (PAN) Europe is part of a larger network of over 600 non-governmental organisations, institutions and individuals in more than 60 countries worldwide. PAN Europe is the regional centre for Europe alongside four other autonomous regional centres; North America, South America, Asia-Pacific and Africa. Today, PAN Europe counts 47 members among consumer, public health, and environmental protection organisations, women’s groups and educational associations, from 28 European countries of which 23 are in the EU. 

June 2023

Under the Surface: A Deep Dive Into EU Water Pollution Monitoring and Management Practices

Despite some improvements, water pollution remains a key environmental and sanitary challenge across the EU. More than twenty years after the adoption of the Water Framework Directive, less than 40% of Europe’s rivers, lakes, and coastal and transitional waters and around 70% of groundwater bodies hold good chemical status. Yet, that does not give the full picture of the state of our waters as chemical status is only assessed against a small subset of substances and largely does not take into account the effects of chemical mixtures.

March 2023

Belgium, the kingdom of pesticides

The European legislation governing the marketing of pesticides clearly defines the obligations of the Member States when assessing the risks and authorising pesticides. States, including Belgium, must put the protection of the population before the interests of production-oriented agriculture and refrain from authorising products that could harm human and animal health or the environment.

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