Pesticide Check: 10 Key Pesticide Facts

The Good Food Coalition is launching a ‘Pesticide Check’ campaign to raise awareness of the dangers and dangers of pesticides and to pressure European policy makers to commit to drastic reductions in pesticides. With pesticides high on Europe’s agenda this year, it’s time to remember the facts about these toxic chemicals.

on May 10 The Good Food Good Farming Coalition, of which Slow Food is an active member, has launched a “Pesticide Check” Dual purpose campaign:

  • Raising Awareness About the dangers and dangers of using pesticides in agriculture,
  • Click EU decision makers to ensure a sharp reduction in the use of pesticides in the EU, and to ensure farmers’ support in their assimilation of agro-ecological farming methods.

With this campaign, We invite all European citizens to check their hair for 30 different pesticides. Thanks to this scientific approach to citizens we want to show EU decision makers the facts behind our main demand: a binding regulation for the ambitious reduction of pesticides.

Pesticides are high on the agenda in Europe this year. The European Commission is expected to publish Its proposal for a new regulation on pesticides in Junewhile the EU’s permit on glyphosate (the world’s most widely used herbicide) will expire in December 2022, and will likely be renewed.

Between 2011 and 2020, sales of Insecticides In the European Union it has remained stable, reaching 346,000 tons in 2020.

The European Commission must ensure that Europe’s reliance on pesticides is drastically reduced. The new regulation should put into practice the objectives of the EU’s farm-to-fork strategy The European Union has committed to reducing the overall use and risk of 50% of all chemical pesticides and the most dangerous pesticides by 2030, including glyphosate.

With pesticides now a hot topic in the EU bubble, we thought it was a good opportunity. Remember the facts about risks and dangers chemical pesticides.

  1. Our current agricultural model that relies heavily on the excessive use of pesticides poses a threat to human health and the environment.

  2. Pesticide use fails to help end world hunger, and claims that pesticides are essential to food security are misleadingAccording to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food.

  3. Chronic exposure to pesticides has been linked to cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s, respiratory problems, hormonal disruption, and developmental disorders, among others.. Farmers, agricultural workers and their families, residents of agricultural areas, pregnant women and newborns are most at risk.

  4. Pesticides are everywhere: Pesticide residues have been detected in many places, including people’s bedrooms And children’s playgrounds.

  5. Pesticides have a significant impact on natural ecosystems and biodiversity. Its use has been linked to the collapse of bee colonies, pollinators, bird and insect populations.

  6. Pesticides are still in our environment: Many synthetic pesticides that were banned decades ago due to their toxicity are still being discovered in waterways, groundwater, soil and natural ecosystems.

  7. Pesticide use is increasing worldwide, although its health and environmental consequences have long been known. Since the 1990s, global pesticide use has increased by more than 50%..

  8. pesticide trade Falls in the hands of a concentrated industry. In 2018, only 4 multinational agrochemical companies (Syngenta / ChemChina, Bayer, Corteva, BASF) owned 70% of the global pesticide market.

  9. Pesticides are bad business: Each year, about 385 million acute unintentional pesticide poisonings are reported, resulting in nearly 11,000 deaths annually. Farmers and farm workers, particularly in the Global South, are hardest hit.

  10. The pesticide trade applies a double standard: many toxic pesticides banned in Europe for health or environmental reasons are still produced and exported to countries outside the European Union with weaker health and environmental laws, causing huge impacts on human health and the environment.

The facts speak for themselves: highly dangerous pesticides. EU politicians need to introduce policies to drastically reduce pesticide use in agriculture to ensure the health of people, nature and soil while ensuring the survival of insects, especially pollinators essential to our diet. According to the successful European Citizens Initiative “Save the Bees and the Farmers” signed by 1.2 million EU citizensWe demand the gradual reduction of pesticides by 80% in agriculture in the European Union.

If you want to help us get our message across to European institutions, order your test kit and get your hair tested:

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