‘Mourning’ the protection of pollinators in the EU: how the European Commission, Member States and the EFSA gather to maintain a decades-long lack of protection of bees
On 16 and 17 July, a standing committee meeting on phytopharmaceutical products is gathering in Brussels to decide on the future of the so-called EFSA Bee Guidance Document (BGD), which is intended to protect honeybees, bumblebees and wild bees against the toxicity of pesticides.
Today, PAN Europe's Spanish member Ecologistas en Acción presented its report "Directly to your hormones. A disruptive food guide" (Original title: Directo a tus hormonas Guia de de alimentos disruptores).
The report analyses the food pesticide residue data that the Spanish Agency for Food Safety and Nutrition (AESAN) published this year based on the data delivered for the EU pesticide residue monitoring programme in food for Spain, for 2018.
Fifteen years have passed since EU law (EC 396/2005) called to evaluate the impact of pesticide mixtures on human health. To our disappointment EFSA’s pilot studies presented yesterday seem unfit for purpose to ensure that pesticides mixtures cause no impact to human health and particularly to the most vulnerable groups in our population.
Brussels, 21 April 2020
Business as usual for pesticide cocktails in EU food
One third of the food consumed in Europe contains residues of two or more pesticides, according to the annual report published by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). For certain foods the situation is even worse, since over 65% of the popular summer fruits tested (currants, strawberries and grapes) were found to contain pesticide “cocktails”.
Brussels, 11 February 2020
Today, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) published a report criticising the lack of implementation of mandatory Integrated Pest Management (IPM) principles at Member State level, the lack of connection between pesticide use and agricultural subsidies, and lack of transparency in pesticide statistics. This is in line with PAN Europe’s position highlighting that Member States are failing to comply with EU policy [Sustainable Use of Pesticide Directive 2009/128/EC (SUDP)] aimed at effectively reducing pesticide use in agriculture.