Pesticides


New French study on heavy metal exposure in adults and children

On July 1st, 2021 an epidemiological study on heavy metal impregnation in adults and children was released by the French National Public Health Agency. The study – the first of its kind to measure exposure levels in children aged 6 to 17- has shown that almost 100% of both population groups were continually exposed to 27 heavy […]


Provisional agreement reached on the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy

On June 25th, 2021, a deal was finally found between the European Commission, the European Parliament and the EU Council on the reform of the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).  The reform, which took 3 years to achieve, outlines how the €387 billion budget is to be spent for the 2021-2027 period.  While seeking to […]


Renewal of approval of glyphosate in 2022 : The Assessment Group on Glyphosate releases its draft assessment

In May 2019, the European Commission appointed France, Hungary, The Netherlands and Sweden to act as rapporteur Member States for the next assessment on glyphosate.  Glyphosate is a chemical widely-used in Plant Protection Products (PPPs) to act as a broad-spectrum herbicide. Given the known toxicity of such chemicals, the EU Pesticides Legislation imposes the issuing of […]


Bulgaria: Pesticide with EU-banned substance still widely used in Bulgarian agriculture

The investigative journalist Valia Ahchieva published a video showing a sad reality in Bulgaria: The Mocap, a plant protection product containing an ingredient banned by the EU is not only used, but subsidised by the Bulgarian Ministry of Agriculture. The ethoprophos contained in this “Mocap” is a highly toxic substance and is used in potatoes […]


European Ombudsman asks Commission to increase transparency in the approval process for pesticides

In a recently published decision, the EU Ombudsman has raised concerns regarding the current procedure for the approval of active substances in pesticides by the Commission. The procedure is criticised for two main issues. First, the Ombudsman questions the Commission’s practice of approving active substances which had been identified either no safe use or critical […]


European Commission publishes its chemicals strategy

The EC published its new Chemicals Strategy on the 14th October (read it here). The EU chemicals strategy aims to address the cumulative and combined effects of chemicals, including pesticides, stressing a need to accelerate work on methodologies that ensure existing provisions can be fully implemented. It is intended as a first step towards a zero […]


EFSA report offers snapshot into pesticide residues on food

The European food supply chain and food safety system are proving to be extremely resilient,  according to Europe’s People Party (EPP) coordinator at European Parliament’s Agriculture Committee, Herbert Dorfmann, as people still manage to find available and safe food on supermarket shelves even in time of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more here


FleishmanHillard document rekindles the war on glyphosate

French news channel France 2 television recently issued a report about a document from the largest Brussels-based consultancy FleishmanHillard showing which politicians, scientists, regulators and journalists are friendly to Monsanto. This unprecedented case of monitoring and record-keeping is yet another spark that will reignite the heated debate about Monsanto’s weed-killer glyphosate and the outrageous extension […]


Rigorous Science, Safe Food, and a Healthy Environment – A Manifesto

The European Union has one of the best regulations for pesticides in the world – in theory. But it is not implemented in practice. SAFE has joined the new  “Citizens for Science in Pesticide Regulation” Coalition, which has launched a manifesto to call for reform on Pesticide legislation. Read the full manifesto of the Coalition […]