November 2016

Criteria on Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals - EU Member States unprotected

Monday 14th of November 2016

To: Health, Environment and Agriculture Ministers


Dear Minister,

Ahead of the discussions on the criteria for endocrine disrupting chemicals in the Standing Committee of Food Animals Food and Feed on 18.11.2016 under the Pesticides 1107/2009 and Biocides 528/2012 Regulations, we would to like to share our concerns regarding the revised draft Commission proposal.

June 2016

EU Health Commissioner chooses to protect the industry profit rather than the Health of Europeans and the environment

Dear Minister,

The Health Directory for the European Commission has failed to fulfil its duty to produce scientific criteria for endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) that will protect the health of humans, animals and the environment from exposure to these chemicals.

June 2016

Phase out of the pesticide glyphosate

Dear Commission President Juncker,

Dear Health Commissioner Andriukaitis,

We – the thirty one signatories of European environmental, health, trade union, consumer protection and medical organisations – call on you to stop any further prolongation of the authorization of Glyphosate for the following reasons.

May 2016

Pan International letter to the JMPR for the assessment of glyphosate

Dear experts of the Joint FAO/WHO Meeting on Pesticide Residues,

We are writing to you on the behalf of Pesticide Action Network International, a global network of civil society organisations that work to replace hazardous pesticides with environmentally friendly alternatives[1]. With this letter we would like to express our concerns about the possible weaknesses of the regulatory assessment of glyphosate in relation to its carcinogenic potential that may be putting human health and the environment at risk.

April 2016

European NGOs call on the MEPs to support the plenary voting against glyphosate re-approval

Dear Member of the European Parliament,

On April 13th, you will vote on the Environment Committee’s objection to the Commission’s proposal to renew the EU license for glyphosate, the active ingredient in many widely used herbicides.

April 2016

Letter to Commissioner Andriukaitis on his request for the confidential industry studies for glyphosate

Dear Commissioner Andriukaitis,

We refer to your letter of 4 April 2016 to Richard P. Garnett of Monsanto Europe, Chairman of the Glyphosate Task Force, an industry consortium pressing for continued approval of glyphosate. In this letter you requested the full publication of confidential industry studies on the potential carcinogenicity of glyphosate, an active ingredient in many widely used herbicides.

March 2016

Letter calling national representatives on pesticides to vote against glyphosate re-approval in the EU

Dear Sir or Madam,

Last Tuesday, 8th of March, the Standing Committee on Plant Animal Food and Feed (PAFF) postponed the vote on the re-approval of glyphosate in the EU. Unable to reach a qualified majority voting (QMV), the European Commission (EC) asked the Member States to give their suggestions by 18th of March.

February 2016

Model Letter for national action against the renewal of glyphosate in EU

26 February 2016

Dear XXX

I am writing to you on behalf of XXX to express our concern about the possible re-approval of the controversial active substance glyphosate in Europe, used in herbicide products, for a period of fifteen years.

Last year, glyphosate was classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) of the World Health Organisation (WHO), as a “probable human carcinogen”, following a thorough analysis performed by 17 independent experts using publicly available studies[1].

December 2015

Letter to the Standing Committee on Plans Animals Food and Feed following EFSA's opinion on glyphosate

Brussels 1st December 2015

Dear Members of the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed,

I am writing to you, on the behalf of Pesticides Action Network Europe, in relation to the re-approval of glyphosate-based pesticides for another 10 years in the European Union. The re-approval of glyphosate is of concern, since hundreds of studies available in the academic scientific literature report different types of toxicity following exposure to glyphosate or glyphosate-based products in humans, laboratory animals and wildlife[1].

November 2015

Letter to Commissioner Andriukaitis on EDCs

Dear Commissioner Andriukaitis,

It must be no news for you to hear that the incidences of endocrine-related diseases such as breast and prostate cancer keep on rising in all EU member states[1]. You will also be aware that many pesticides are linked to endocrine adverse effects. Just to mention an example for only one endocrine target: 69 of the EU approved pesticides cause a decrease of thyroid hormone levels; a further 56 cause an increase of relative thyroid weight[2]. Given the urgency to act,  it is a surprise to us that your DG did not propose to put an end to the market access of endocrine disrupting pesticides yet. Regulation 1107/2009 has been in place for 6 years now and we are very disappointed about the implementation by your DG, not only on endocrine disrupting pesticides but on other issues as well. Nothing has changed so far to start banning harmful pesticides and to start introducing sustainable practices (IPM, integrated pest management) while the use of pesticides is increasing in most member states and the number of approved pesticides has more than doubled since 2009.

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