The health of our soils, this exceptionally high source of biodiversity, is threatened by human activities more than ever and the use of pesticides destroys soil life and depletes nutrient content. On the World Soil Day, Pesticide Action Network Europe sends out a clear message: “by protecting our soils we protect life on earth” and calls EU policy-makers to enforce sustainable agricultural practices in Member States to protect our ‘source of life’. The future of EU agriculture is here at stake.
On No Pesticide Use Day, PAN International pays tribute to the victims of the Bhopal disaster and calls for greater determination to phase out highly hazardous pesticides.
December 3rd, 2018 / PAN International
Today is the 34th anniversary of the Bhopal disaster when a gas tank exploded in a Union Carbide pesticide factory in India, killing thousands of people. To date, half a million people have suffered from health consequences linked to that disaster.
New evidence of fraudulent manipulation of scientific results by the pesticide industry!
EU Member States put bees at risk by failure to adopt a guidance designed to protect them from the harmful effects of pesticides
During the October 2018 meeting of the Standing Committee on Pesticides, EU Member States failed to adopt a measure that would help to protect bees and other pollinators from the harm of pesticides. In particular from the harm presented by a new and growing class of bee toxic pesticides that are being introduced to replace the recently banned neonicotinoids.
“CITIZENS FOR SCIENCE IN PESTICIDE REGULATION”
EUROPEANS JOIN FORCES calling for a higher level of protection from pesticides
European regulators are letting the citizens of the EU down by allowing the use of harmful pesticides in agriculture and public green areas based on an ‘unfit for purpose’ risk assessment regime that relies on pesticide industry generated toxicity studies.
(Brussels, 16 October 2018) At a meeting on 23-24 October 2018, European Commission Directorate General for Health will propose to EU Member States a ban on 11 pesticide active substances. Most of the active substances concerned have been available on the EU market for decades, finally the risks they pose to either human health or the environment have been deemed unacceptable by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).
(Brussels, 15th October 2018)
POSITION PAPER on the New Delivery Model of the Common Agricultural Policy: How the CAP should deliver on reducing the EU’s dependency on pesticides
PAN Europe has published today its position paper proposing how the European Commission’s legislative proposals on the New Delivery Model of the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) should be changed to deliver on reducing EU’s dependency on pesticides.
(Brussels, 27th September) Members of the European Parliament and European mayors who have gathered today at the European Parliament for a roundtable to discuss European policies, local strategies and future perspectives for pesticide free towns have signed a joint declaration calling on the European Institutions for a total ban on non-agricultural uses of pesticide.