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Film on pesticides and children’s health comes to the European Parliament

The film That Should Not Be: Our Children Will Accuse Us (Nos Enfants Nous Accuseront) was shown in the European Parliament on Wednesday, January 7, 2009 in a screening hosted by MEP Anne Ferreira. The event, organized by PAN Europe, was well attended by interested organizations and MEPs.

After the 60 min screening, the director of the film, Jean-Paul Jaud, took the floor to answer questions from the audience. François Veillerette, Director of the French NGO Mouvement des Droits des Générations Futures, also joined the following discussion about pesticides at the heart of the political debate.

The film chronicles a small French community where the mayor has taken a strong stand and initiated an organic school canteen. As pesticides from nearby industry and agro-chemical applications encroach on this village, concerns about the health impacts continue to rise.

The film will be released in theaters in Belgium on April 15, 2009 (in Brussels, Mons, Namur and Charleroi). If you want to stay up to date about this and other matters related to the film’s release, you can register on the website:

If you are concerned about the impacts of environmental factors like pesticides on health, then:

  • sign our electronic petition to ask the French government to include these concerns in the new national Cancer Plan
  • visit our website ( and take our pesticides and health one question survey (in French & English)
  • visit our Facebook page “Sick of Pesticides” for the most recent discussions on pesticides & health and what we can do to change policy

Last updated on 18 May 2011

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