Join us for Pesticide Action Week 2023 and help create a pesticide-free world!
Join us for Pesticide Action Week 2023, taking place 20 - 30 March! The aim of this action week is to raise awareness on the harmful impact chemical pesticides can have on wildlife, people and the environment, and how we would benefit from a transition to a pesticide-free agriculture.
Exposure to pesticides, many of them being endocrine disruptors, is linked to several types of cancer, reproductive disorders, obesity and other adverse health effects.
EDC-Free Europe partner Générations Futures offers you the opportunity to join more than 200 events to promote safer alternatives to harmful pesticides.
EDC-Free Europe partners have been raising awareness on the urgent need for legislators to phase out harmful substances and create a pesticide-free world for years.
Some recent developments include:
No obstacles to ban glyphosate - New report shows that alternatives exist for all uses: The new analysis from Pesticide Action Network (PAN) Europe: “Weed management: Alternatives to the use of glyphosate” demonstrates that it is possible to supplant the widely-used pesticide glyphosate for safer non-chemical alternatives. Read the report here.
Pesticides in the air in vineyards: In February 2023, Générations Futures released an analysis on pesticides detected in the air around vineyards in two French regions. Results show that pesticide-free zones, or non-treatment zones, do not fully protect local residents: residues of pesticides were detected 60 metres from the vineyards, where the current minimum distance for these zones is set at 10 metres.
Official Hearing of the ECI “Save Bees and Farmers”: The official hearing of "Save Bees and Farmers" initiative, a European Citizens’ Initiative that was signed by more than 1,1 million citizens calling for a drastic reduction of the use of harmful pesticides in Europe, took place in the European Parliament in January 2023. Watch the video here.
Residues of pesticides in food: In November 2022, Ecologistas en Acción’s report “Directo a tus hormonas” disclosed the presence of residues of pesticides in Spanish food by analysing official data from 2020: 125 different pesticides were detected in a selection of fruits and vegetables, 57 were endocrine disruptors, and 35% of the food tested had residues of pesticides.
Scientific evidence of glyphosate link to cancer dismissed in ongoing EU assessment, report reveals: Revisit the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL)’s report “How the EU risks greenlighting a pesticide linked to cancer”, released in 2022. This analysis shows that scientific evidence proving that glyphosate is carcinogenic has so far been dismissed in the EU scientific assessment that forms the basis for the re-approval process of its EU market licence.
Check out all EDC-Free Europe partners working on pesticides:
EDC-Free Europe is a coalition of public interest groups representing more than 70 environmental, health, women’s and consumer groups across Europe who share a concern about hormone disrupting chemicals (EDCs) and their impact on our health and wildlife. Visit our website or follow us on Twitterand Facebook for daily updates.
The EDC-Free Europe campaign secretariat is hosted by the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL). HEAL gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the European Union (EU) and the European Environment and Health Initiative (EEHI). The responsibility for the content of this publication lies with the authors and the views expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of the EU institutions and funders. The European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA) and the funders are not responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained in this publication. HEAL’s EU transparency register number: 00723343929-96