Today, 26th October 2016, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published its annual report on pesticide residues found in food in the EU member states. Year after year, the proportion of food without detectable residues is decreasing while the proportion of food that contains residues from multiple pesticides is increasing... Gooseberries, currants and strawberries are among the favourite fruits of children. Having a fresh orange or grape fruit juice is seen as a healthy habit.
In a “state of the science” review released today, PAN International presents a large body of research documenting the adverse human health and environmental impacts of glyphosate and glyphosate-based herbicides and underscores the need for a global phase-out. Environmental and health advocates say the monograph on the world’s most widely used herbicide, commonly known by its original trade name Roundup, should serve as a wake up call for regulators, governments and users around the world.
NO pesticides in Ecological Focus Areas: It is as SIMPLE, and clear, as that! Not for 18 EU Member States though…
Today the Agricultural Council will be discussing measures to streamline or simplify the CAP greening payments. 18 member States oppose the European Commission’s proposal to ban use of pesticides in the Ecological Focus Areas.
PAN Europe just won a legal case at the European Court of Justice against the EU Commission (DG Trade), for refusing to provide access to documents with information on endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). Finally, a breath of fresh air for European democracy!
EFSA additionally thinks that due to the growing resistance of weeds against herbicides, for every crop in the EU, a range of herbicides need to be available with a different working spectrum. In some cases even 4 different classes of herbicides. This means that if three classes of herbicides are available for a given crop, the derogation still can be applied for the classified herbicide as the number 4 herbicide.
August 23, 2016
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PAN Europe enthusiastically applauds the decision by Italy’s Ministry of Health to place a number of restrictions on the use of Glyphosate, one of the world’s most ubiquitous pesticides.
Commissioner Andriukaitis’ choice for criteria will effectively result in no single endocrine disrupting pesticide being banned.
PAN Europe carried out an impact assessment of the proposed criteria for endocrine disrupting pesticides (EDCs) in a report published just ahead of the meeting of the College of EU Commissioners on the criteria on Wednesday. PAN Europe collected all scientific information on the endocrine properties of pesticides together with the information from industry dossiers. If the specific criteria given in the likely options (2/3) of SANTE's "Roadmap" are chosen by the College, only 7 pesticides will be banned, even less if they qualify for SANTE's spacious crafted derogations.
As a part of EU Green Week, Pesticide Action Network Europe (PAN Europe) conducted a European-wide webinar to exchange practical information on how towns across Europe can become pesticide-free. Hosted by the city of Ghent - which has aimed to reduce pesticide use since the early 90’s and has been pesticide-free since 2009 - this webinar allowed greenspace workers, political leaders, NGOs, and citizens, to exchange information and ask questions about the pesticide-free management of towns across Europe.
Today, Pesticide Action Network Europe together with 38 European health and environmental organisations, are sending an open letter to the decision-makers of the 28 EU Member States to urge them to vote against the reauthorisation of the cancer-causing pesticide ingredient glyphosate, and protect its people from this spreading disease.