Spring, or should we say spraying, season is here!
Today starts the annual Pesticide Action Week in France, Italy and Switzerland.
France plans to ban S-metolachlor
The French National Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health Safety (ANSES) proposes to ban the main uses of S-metolachlor herbicide. The substance and its breakdown products are highly toxic to water organisms.
We need effective buffer zones - against a cloud of pesticides
A hot topic in pesticide use: how to protect citizens, water and nature from the spread of these toxic chemicals? If pesticides are allowed, what minimum buffer zone should be applied?
Flemish government sued for better pesticide protection
Environmental and nature organisations sue the Flemish government in court over its pesticide policy. According to them, not only nature should be better protected, but also schools and rest homes. The case started on February 6 before the Brussels court.
EU Commission to ban 3 very toxic pesticides: great, but what took so long?
The European Commission is proposing to ban two fungicides and one insecticide due to their high toxicity to human health and the environment. This ban is good news for human health and the environment, but it took far too long.
Bulgaria follows France and withdraws authorization for banned pesticides - Finland next?
The Bulgarian ministry has withdrawn the emergency authorisation for maize treated with imidacloprid. This great win for nature and biodiversity is the result of the recent judgement by the European Court of Justice.
Groundbreaking EU Court ruling should stop all highly toxic pesticide derogations – now
We urge the European Commission and EU Member States to end all emergency pesticide derogations right now. This should be the result of a recent groundbreaking ruling by the European Court of Justice.
Denmark to ban groundwater polluting fungicide - after 18 years of use
A fungicide that is used a lot in potato cultivation in Denmark is entering groundwater, a new study shows. The Danish authorities will now ban it, after almost 20 years of use.
Cypermethrin: reason to challenge Belgium's authorisation system of toxic pesticides in national court
Fruits and vegetables grown in Belgium are frequently contaminated with residues of dangerous pesticides. These include the beekiller cypermethrin, one of the toxic twelve pesticides that should be banned immediately.
Insecticides contaminated with Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) need to be urgently addressed
Many pesticides not only contain very harmful active substances. They also contain so called co-formulants that can be very harmful. Often this also includes highly toxic PFAS substances.
What are PFAS?