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

Glyphosate – Commissioner request for publication of confidential industry studies
Several environment and health organisations including HEAL recently sent a letter to the European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis on his request for publication of confidential industry studies. Read more…

Pesticide-free towns
In 2009 EU Member States approved the Directive on the Sustainable Use of Pesticides (SUDP). HEAL member PAN Europe has now initiated a project to highlight the growing movement of cities and towns going pesticide-free. Read more…

Victims of pesticides testify and appear on map of France
Générations Futures launched a new interactive map in France, ’’Victimes des Pesticides’’ where individuals can share their stories and health concerns on being exposure to pesticides. Supported by HEAL and PAN Europe as partners, it brings together over 200 testimonies from professional users and residential by standers. Read more…

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Take action

- WeMove.EU - Petition to EU to ban glyphosate


Publications

- 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

April

- 5 – 12, Paris, France: International Environmental Film Festival

- 17-19, Berlin, Germany: 2nd International Conference on Human Biomonitoring

- 20: CHE EDC Strategies Group call: Increasing trends in male reproductive disorders, environmental exposure & implications for human health

- 21: Earth Day

- 25, New York, USA: Next round of TTIP negotiations begin

- 27: World Day for Safety and Health at work

- 28: CHE & HEAL partnership call: Glyphosate - The increasing use of GBHs worldwide and implications for human health

- 28, EP, Brussels, Belgium: EFA event on Adolescents Adherence to Asthma treatment


May

- 6: World Asthma Day

- 25: Start of European week against cancer


June

- 5: World Environment Day

- 8 - 9, Brussels, Belgium: EC workshop for a ’roadmap to a non-toxic environment’

Learn more about HEAL’s views and policy work on Pesticides

Learn more about HEAL’s views and policy work on Biocides

About HEAL

The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) is a leading European not-for-profit organisation addressing how the environment affects health in the European Union (EU). We demonstrate how policy changes can help protect health and enhance people’s quality of life. Read more »

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