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PAN Europe at joint symposium – ‘Yes we can feed Europe using less pesticides’

On 5 December HEAL member Pesticides Action Network Europe (PAN-E) co-hosted a joint symposium in the European Parliament to discuss the possibilities to feed Europe with less pesticides.

The objective of the symposium was to promote the implementation of crop protection methods in the framework of sustainable agriculture. It was co-hosted by PAN, the International Biocontrol Manufacturers Association (IBMA), and the International Organization for Biological Control (IOBC) together with the Greens, PSE and EPP groups in the European Parliament.

This debate was essential to facilitate the implementation of the EU Directive on Sustainable Use of Pesticides, especially since all EU farmers need to comply with the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) from 1 January 2014 onwards. IPM is a system approach to farming based on a combination of agronomic preventions bearing in mind that alternatives exist and that pesticides shall only be used as the last resort.

The aim of the symposium was to investigate whether tools are available, whether they could allow other farming models, and whether Member States use these tools to ensure a more sustainable development. According to experts working with PAN Europe, IPM is the right tool to promote a change in sustainable agriculture.

Link to PAN E press release: http://www.pan-europe.info/News/PR/131205.html

In 2014 HEAL plans to work closely with farmers and other professional users of pesticides, such as those working in greenhouses, who are suffering health problems from pesticide use, in the lead up and during Pesticides Action Week which takes place from 20 – 30 March. The week aims to promote alternatives to pesticides and better inform the public about the sanitary and environmental challenges caused by pesticides.

More information on Pesticides Action Week 2014 available here

Originally posted on 17 December 2013

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