26 November 2015 – The European Commission has taken a full one year delay in submitting a report to the Parliament and the Council on increased use of alternatives for pest and disease control. Let us hope that this does not reflect an overall low ambition of Europe to reduce the risk to human health and the environment through implementation of sustainable use of pesticides.
As we learned today, on 9 October 2015, the European Commission and Member States have authorised Flupyradifurone, a new neonicotinoid insecticide. Again, this substance did not go under any proper evaluation for its chronic and sublethal toxicity on honey bees or wild bees. As it did in July on Sulfoxaflor, DG Sante disregarded the risk posed by this systemic and persistent insecticide on pollinators.
PAN Europe is extremely disappointed with today’s European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) opinion concluding that glyphosate is not classified as a human carcinogen. Instead of doing an independent assessment on the pesticide, EFSA’s work is a copy of the German Government agency BfR’s assessment and the pesticide industry dossier compiled by the Glyphosate Task Force, hiding and misinterpreting the tumour incidences from experimental studies.
In 2014, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published a negative opinion on Dow agroscience’s new Sulfoxaflor insecticide. The pesticide was qualified as ‘highly toxic to bees’ by the Authority and it identified crucial toxicity data gaps, which makes a proper risk assessment for bees impossible. The chemical is similar to the "neonicotinoids", the pesticides upon which EU has put a "moratorium" due to their toxicity to bees. Despite these facts, DG Sante and the EU member states authorised Sulfoxaflor on 27 July 2015, completely bypassing the pesticide regulation. PAN Europe requests the European Court of Justice to cancel this unjustified approval.
Fifteen of the pesticides that the European Commission is currently evaluating for market approval are of “critical concern” regarding their endocrine disrupting properties - the European Food Safety Authority reported last Wednesday.
EFSA concluded in March 2015 that the pesticide Sulfoxaflor is highly toxic to bees and several required safety tests are missing (exposure of bees via nectar and pollen…). Despite this opinion, Sulfoxaflor was approved by the European Commission for use in agriculture and the approval was published on July 27.
Preventing the down-fall of the EDCs policy: Bringing back the science on EDCs to the European Parliament for open discussion (EDCs Roundtable 30th June 2015, 15:00-18:00).
Hier, Pesticide Action Network Europe (PAN Europe) a organisé en collaboration avec Velt, Inter- environnement Bruxelles, Greenpeace Belgique, inter-Environnement Wallonie, Natagora, Adalia, le Pôle de Gestion Différenciée, Apis bruoc Sella, et Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI), la toute première conférence sur les villes sans pesticides, afin d'aider les villes et communes belges à mettre en place des alternatives à ces produits toxiques.
Gisteren heeft Pesticide Action Network Europa (PAN Europe) samen met de Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI), Velt, Inter-Environment Bruxelles, Greenpeace Belgie, Inter-Environnement Wallonie, Natagora, Adalia, Pôle de Gestion Differenciée en Apis bruoc Sella afkomstig van alle drie de regio’s in België, de eerste conferentie georganiseerd over gifvrije steden en gemeenten, om hen op weg te helpen.
Yesterday, Pesticide Action Network Europe (PAN Europe) has together with Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI), Velt, Inter-Environment Bruxelles, Greenpeace Belgium, Inter-Environnement Wallonie, Natagora, Adalia, Pôle de Gestion Differenciée and Apis bruoc Sella from all three regions of Belgium, has organised the first ever conference on pesticide free towns, assisting towns on the move.