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Pesticide Action Week 2015

The 10th edition of Pesticide Action Week takes place from 20 – 30 March 2015, an annual event informing the public about the impacts of pesticides on health and the environment and to promote alternatives.

As 2015 marks the 10th edition, this will be a special year to assess the successes of the last 10 years on addressing harmful pesticides. This anniversary should be an opportunity to send a clear message to decision-makers so that they take real action to protect human health and the environment.

Tour de France

Some special events are planned during the week including a “Tour de France” themed event where each day during the week, one of the partners will organise an event related to a symbolic date in the last ten years.

The Tour de France will start on 20 March in Poitier with a film screening of ‘La mort est dans le pré’ (“Death is in the meadow”) by Eric Gueret. The film focuses the perspectives of farmers in France and how pesticides are affecting them, individuals and family health. Testimonies will be given by the victims of pesticides themselves.

During Pesticide Action Week last year, HEAL organised a film screening in the European Parliament with its member Phyto victims, Générations Futures, Pesticide Action Network Europe (PAN), and hosted by Hiltrud Breyer MEP.

On the 21 March, Pesticide Action week will join Mouans-Sartoux and the Botanic shop for their operation of collecting old pesticides. This event will be symbolic, not only because the Botanic shops removed pesticides from their department stores in 2008 but also because Mouans-Sartoux is a city which does not use any pesticide. It has a public company for institutional catering with only organic products.

The 22 March will see a whole afternoon in Willenheim dedicated to a French law passed (Loi Labbé) last year to ban the use of pesticides in non-agricultural zones, followed by a stop in Lyon on 23 for an animation with Generations Cobayes (HEAL member) to talk about organic food.

The 24 March will focus on the vineyards of Emmanuel Giboulot in Beaune as he refused to spray pesticides in his organic vineyard last year when local authorities passed a decree forcing wine-growers to use pesticides against a vine illness. The visit and conference is organised by Nature & Progrès.

The 25 March will see the Tour de France leave the country and head to Brussels, Belgium for the day to follow the activities of HEAL and its members at EU level.

The next stop on the 26 March will be at a conference in Lille with HEAL member Generations Future speaking about the “French Grenelle de l’environnement”, its successes and its failures.

The 27 March will be in Quimper, Brittany for a press conference with partners from Eau & Rivières de Bretagne on decrees taken by the prefects to ban spraying pesticides near ditches.

The Tour de France will stop in Toulouse on the 28 March for an animation by Greenpeace France about bees and the ban of three neonicotinoids by the EU Commission. It will then move on to a small city in central France, Allassac for a march with citizens and doctors who launched a call in 2012 to raise awareness of the links between pesticides exposure and health.

The “Tour de France”, ends in Paris with a large conference and celebration for citizens and decision-makers who will decide what should happen over the next 10 years.

In addition to the “Tour de France”, many other events will take place across Europe and beyond as organisers and partners are spread across more than 20 countries worldwide. Examples of events include an exhibition on how to garden without pesticides; blind food-testing in Portugal; radio-shows in Argentina; workshop on pesticides and health in Spain, the launch of a national call to gardeners to stop using pesticides in Luxembourg.

You can have a look at the whole program on the website:


Communication tools for Pesticide Action Week are now ready and you are welcome to use them to communicate about your events. All of them are downloadable on the Pesticide Action Week’s website that has a special design for the 10th edition:

You will find the official poster, the special 10 years logo, a QR code and an informative leaflet. The organisers are currently working on electing the winners and the results will be published on the PAW website on 17 March.

Are you interested in joining Pesticide Action Week?

Pesticide Action Week is an event open to everyone. If you are interested in joining, you can visit the website and/or send an email to

HEAL has always been an active supporter of Pesticide Action Week. Here are some of the many resources available on the impact of pesticides on health:

Last updated on 12 March 2015

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