In particular, MEPs clearly rejected the division of
"Pesticides are designed to kill and are deliberately released into the environment, where they build up and find their way into our bodies through food, drinking water and the air”, said Catherine Ganzleben, EEB’s Chemicals Policy Officer. “Reducing the most harmful pesticides and replacing them with safer alternatives is critical to ensuring the health of
The environmental and health NGOs welcome the MEPs’ strong support for ensuring that neurotoxic and immunotoxic pesticides are included among the substances which are recognised as being harmful to human health and the environment and which will not be authorised. "This vote shows that Parliament has begun taking into account increasing scientific evidence that pesticide exposure, even at low doses, is a threat to people’s health and even to the development of children’s brains" said Monica Guarinoni, Pesticides Policy Officer at the Health & Environment Alliance (HEAL). "We would also like to see a ban on the sale of the most hazardous pesticides and on pesticide use in and around areas where children spend most of their time.”
The outcome also catalyses the shift towards the use of alternatives to harmful pesticides. “MEPs voted to increase pressure for substituting harmful pesticides with safer alternatives, including non-chemical methods,” said Nardono Nimpuno of the International Chemical Secretariat. The European Parliament’s Plenary session in October is likely to confirm these results when MEPs will also give their opinion on a related proposal which should reduce the risks linked to pesticide use. The NGOs believe agriculture ministers should heed Parliament’s signal and integrate these ideas in their deliberations for the Common Position.
For further information please contact:
Catherine Ganzleben, EEB Chemicals Policy Officer
Peter Clarke, EEB Press & Publications Officer
Elliott Cannell, PAN Europe CoordinatorMonica Guarinoni, Policy and Information Officer, HEAL