Pesticides are designed to be toxic and they are found everywhere
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Everywhere we go, we are exposed to pesticides; from the parks and gardens we play in, to the food we eat and the clothes we wear. Minimising pesticides exposure and encouraging non-chemical alternatives remain priorities.

News on our policy work

135,733 Europeans call to ban glyphosate
On 9 December, 16 public interest organisations delivered a petition from over 100,000 Europeans to the EU Commission to ban glyphosate, classified by IARC as a probable carcinogen. Read more...

30 NGOs call for partial glyphosate ban
HEAL joins civil society organisations to convey serious concerns regarding the authorisation renewal assessment report on glyphosate that was produced under the aegis of German authorities and forms the basis for the ongoing peer review by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). Read more…

EXPPERT Survey: Pesticides that are banned or suspected to be EDCs are found in green salads
The worrying results of the survey by HEAL member Générations Futures shows the need for rapid implementation of the European Regulation on pesticides and of the French National Strategy on EDCs. Read more…

Victory for famer Paul Francois in lawsuit against Monsanto
Great news for Paul Francois, a large scale French cereal farmer who has won an eight year legal battle against Monsanto, after he was intoxicated by the one of their products. The Court of Appeal of Lyon (France) delivered the positive verdict last week. Read more…

HEAL supports appeal for a ban of highly hazardous pesticides
Nearly 400 organisations from 100 countries including HEAL call on governments and corporations to take concrete steps towards a progressive ban on highly hazardous pesticides (HHPs) and their substitution with eco-system-based alternatives. Read more…

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Take action

- WeMove.EU - Petition to EU to ban glyphosate


- Resource pack: Advice on impacts of EDCs pesticides on pregnant women


- YouTube video: MEP Michèle Rivasi joins HEAL to call for reductions in pesticide use

- Photos from Pesticide Action Week EU action

- 25 March: Lisette van Vliet (HEAL) interviewed about imminent dangers of EDCs and other chemicals, Euranet Plus via Soundcloud

- 25 March: Sophie Borderes (Pesticide Action Week) interviewed about traces of numerous pesticides in her body, Euranet Plus via Soundcloud

- EP studio TV interview with NFU on pesiticides
’Europe and You’ (3.24-13.32 minutes), 7 March 2015



- 14 - 17, Strasbourg, France: EP Plenary



- 1: Start of Dutch Presidency of the European Council

- 21 - 22, Paris, France: International workshop on EDC effects on wildlife and human health


- 4: World Cancer Day

- 13: Fossil fuel free day

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