Pesticides

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

Do breakfast cereals contain endocrine disrupting pesticides?
The findings from a recent Générations Futures survey on muesli showing the ubiquity of cocktails of endocrine disrupting pesticides in the everyday environment, highlight the need for the EU Commission to revise its proposed criteria to identify EDCs to protect health. Read more...

EDCs on October Environment Council agenda
Environment Ministers from Denmark, the Netherlands and Sweden raised the issue of the EU EDCs criteria at the recent EU Environment Council and argued that the criteria is too important to be decided in the so-called ‘comitology’ procedure. Read more...

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Take action

- SumOfUs petition to European governments to reject Commission proposal on EDCs criteria

- Non à la proposition scandaleuse de la Commission européenne sur les perturbateurs endocriniens!

- Petition to German federal government on EDCs - Hormongifte stoppen!

- WeMove.EU - Petition to EU to ban glyphosate

- Become a supporter of the EDC-Free Europe coalition!

- Generations Futures – Petition to ask French Agriculture Minister to prohibit pesticide sprayings in strong winds


Publications

- HEAL Activity Report 2015

- NGOs express support for restriction of chemical PFOA to REACH committee

- HEAL submissions to public consultation on pesticides and biocides

- IPEN and the Endocrine Society’s Introduction to EDCs – available in new languages!

- A compliance check of the European Parliament’s TTIP Resolution – A preliminary analysis by CIEL, Client and HEAL, 7 July 2016

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

Multimedia

- 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

Events

2016

November

- 7 – 18, Marrakech, Morocco: UNFCCC COP22 - HEAL delegation participating

- 9 – 12, Austria, Vienna: European Public Health Conference

- 14: World Diabetes Day

- 14 - 18, San Francisco, USA: IPEN Global meeting and toxic-free future forum

- 16: World COPD Day

- 21: ENVI Working Group on Health - "Exchange of good practice in the field of health promotion and primary prevention"

- 21 – 24, Strasbourg, France: EP Plenary

- 28-29: Vienna, Austria: WHO, 6th meeting of European Environment and Health Task Force, Negotiation of the Conference Declaration/outcomes

December

- 8, Brussels, Belgium: Launch event of the European Human Biomonitoring Initiative HBM4EU – HEAL participating


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