On 15 March 2022, Pesticide Action Network Europe joined a protest at the Forum for the Future of Agriculture in Brussels.
The European Commission has promised to restrict the use of pesticides. This is about time, for numerous researches show the damage to our health and the devastating effect on nature, biodiversity and water quality.
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Today, DG Sante has convened stakeholders in a meeting where it presented its proposal for carrying out an impact assessment of the revision of the so-called Sustainable Use of Pesticides Directive (SUD).
Since their approval in the EU in the 1990s, neonicotinoids have been widely criticized, and then proven to be harmful to bees and other pollinators, as well as to biodiversity as a whole. Several studies also indicate the toxicity of these pesticides on human health.
A few days ago, the Italian Council of State confirmed the possibility for the city of Conegliano, located in the Prosecco wine production area, to ban the use of synthetic pesticides on its territory, hence confirming the Italian case law and giving more possibilities
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Following the derogations provided to farmers by the Belgian state for the use of neonicotinoids on sugar beets, PAN Europe, its member Nature & Progrès Belgique and a Belgian beekeeper have taken the Belgian state to Court.
European pesticide legislation is currently failing to fully protect the health of European citizens and the environment - what has happened to what was widely promoted as one of the most stringent pesticide legislative frameworks in the world?
Pesticide Action Network (PAN) Europe is a non-profit organisation working to eliminate dependency on chemical pesticides and have them replaced with ecologically sound alternatives.
As civil society and beekeepers have applauded the 2018 ban on outdoor uses of bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides, citizens might be led to believe that pro