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

HEAL event in the European Parliament on endocrine disruptors in the EU - 24 May 2018
HEAL and MEP Pavel Poc (S&D) held a discussion in the European Parliament on what the EU has done in the past 5 years to reduce human exposure to EDCs and what challenges still lie ahead. Read more...

EDC-Free Europe coalition urges European Commission to protect people and environment from hormone disruptors
The EDC-Free Europe coalition, representing over 70 organisations across Europe, called on the EU Commission to finally release a long overdue strategy on endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). Read more...

Glyphosate: an emblematic failure of the EU pesticides regime
The glyphosate controversy and decision to re-approve the chemical for another 5 years has exposed some fundamental failures of the EU’s pesticide approval system. 23 health and environment NGOs shared their thoughts in an open letter to the European Parliament. Read more...

European Commission’s plans to improve transparency in the risk assessment of food: “Too little, too late and not to the point”
New EU initiatives to improve transparency in processes aimed at assessing risks in our food chain fall short of meeting HEAL’s expectations. Read more...

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Take action

- #StopGlyphosate ECI. Protect our health, sign our petition today!

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

Publications

- Joint publication: The Unhealthy Side Effects of CETA

- Open letter to Members of REACH Committee on D4D5, phthalates, and nanoforms

- Letter to the EP Environment Committee - EDCs: One more way CETA endangers public health and the environment

- HEAL supports joint EU-Canada statement on CETA

- HEAL Technical Briefing EDC Criteria for Member States

- EPHA leaflet ’The Unhealthy Side Effects of CETA (Contribution by HEAL and CIEL)

- ISDE Italy conference on EDCs in Milan - presentation and audio by Lisette van Vliet

- 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


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

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