This week our new report reveals an alarming rise in PFAS pesticide residues in fruit and vegetables. PFAS pesticides can harm our health and the environment. Pesticide producers umbrella organisation CropLife says their use is safe and well regulated.
The EFSA is using outdated and very industry friendly guidelines to assess the effect of pesticides on insects. We have urged the European Commission to revise a very important guideline. It is one of those hidden documents that allow immense damage to biodiversity.
Last week the European Commission announced that they will withdraw their proposal for a new law to reduce pesticide use. However, doing nothing to address the pesticide problem is not an option. Soils are depleted, water is polluted and biodiversity is in crisis.
Romania is breaking EU law by allowing the use of banned pesticides. In January last year, the European Court of Justice ruled that such derogations go against EU law.
The good, the bad and the ugly. That could be the theme of the SCoPAFF meetings on pesticide legislation in the EU. In the next January meeting, representatives of EU countries plan to mix a few good developments with several bad ones.
The EU institutions are currently discussing a proposal to deregulate plants produced with new genomic techniques (NGTs). The hurry and lack of scientific basis for this proposal is a huge threat to health and environment.
Addressing the 9-years Gap: The Long-Awaited Proposal on Safeners and Synergists
The European Commission wants to allow residues of reprotoxic Thiacloprid on imported food. This is not in line with EU law, is bad for health and the environment and puts EU farmers in unfair competition with those in exporting countries.
Our French member Generations Futures has launched legal actions against the prolongation of 5 very toxic pesticide active substances in EU Court. They also published a new report to denounce the systematic prolongations system used by the EU commission.
The EU is falling increasingly behind in protecting health and the environment. In this week's meeting, the responsible authorities will discuss a ban on three very problematic pesticides.