REFIT of the Pesticide (EC 1107/2009) & Maximum Residue Limits in food (EC 396/2005) Regulations: PAN Europe's observations
The REFIT evaluation is a big disappointment. Commission claims that the pesticide Regulation has been effective to fulfil its goals “to a large extend”. However, no evidence is provided to assess whether the purpose of the Regulation to ensure a high level of protection of both human and animal health and the environment has been fulfilled. The claim is unsubstantiated [see point 1, ‘Pesticide policy- effective?’].
Mapping good agronomic practices and alternatives to pesticides in Europe - a presentation by PAN Europe and IBMA
Integrated Pest Management means moving away from killing towards managing pest populations. Integrated Pest Management (IPM), if applied correctly, is a sustainable way to protect crops based on applying good agronomic practices to enhance plant resilience, the forecasting and monitoring of pest population development and the use of mechanical as well as biological alternatives to synthetic pesticides. Synthetic pesticides are then only used as a last resort in pest control.
Identification of endocrine disrupting pesticides: Trapped in a vicious circle
The current EU policy to test if a pesticide is an endocrine disruptor (altering the function of human and animal hormonal system) is far from being implemented. Endocrine disruption is a serious health concern that could lead to reproductive effects, cancer, brain damage and a range of other diseases. PAN Europe’s survey on the approval decisions of 33 pesticide active substances in Europe revealed that in 31 cases no relevant testing -specific to assess endocrine disruption- was requested from industry.
Activity Report 2019
Carcinogens in our food: Pesticide metabolites with (un)known carcinogenic potential end up in our food
DG SANTE's prolongation policy
In 2008 EU Commission health service DG SANTE started its notorious program to allow 88 banned pesticides acces to the market again, the so-called “Resubmission". Many of the most toxic pesticides such as Metam-sodium, Malathion, Bromuconazole, Bifenthrin, Prochloraz, etc. were approved mainly on political grounds and because of the threat of massive industry-sponsored court cases.
"Moving towards agro-ecological practices in Europe" - PAN Europe's recommendations for UN Committee on Food Security's 46th General Assembly
Activity Report 2018
White Paper: Ensuring a Higher Level of Protection from Pesticides in Europe
The White Paper, coordinated by Pesticide Action Network (PAN) Europe and produced by a group of 24 experts from the field of pesticides, risk assessment, human and environmental health identifies the many shortfalls in the safety assessment of pesticides in Europe that lead to dangerous substances being used in open spaces. The analysis also proposes concrete solutions on how to improve the pesticide risk assessment in Europe in line with the mandatory requirements of EU law.
Alternatives to Herbicide Use in Weed Management – The Case of Glyphosate
This second edition of the report on ‘alternative methods in weed management to the use of glyphosate and other herbicides’ has been published as a contribution to the ongoing discussions among some Member States, led by France, on phasing out glyphosate and promoting alternatives.