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

Join our #StopGlyphosate action day - 13 May!
Over 720,000 Europeans have already signed a European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) to stop glyphosate, the most widely used weedkiller in Europe. To reach the threshold of one million signatures needed, HEAL and its partners are organising an offline day of action on 13 May across Europe. Read more...

Pesticide Action Week: Showing the world how to protect our health and environment
During Pesticide Action Week 2017, around 1,000 events took place around the world to inform consumers, citizens and decision-makers about the environmental and health risks related to harmful pesticides and to promote existing alternatives. Read more...

European Commission is unable to turn the page on endocrine disruptors (EDCs)
Representatives of European Member States met in Brussels on 7 April to once again discuss how to identify endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). It resulted in another unsuccessful attempt by the European Commission to get an agreement from Member States on the criteria for the identification of EDCs so that they can be regulated. Read more...

Who is contaminated with glyphosate?
To what extent are the French exposed to glyphosate – the world’s best-selling herbicide? A new study by Générations Futures tested thirty individuals for traces of the famous glyphosate, with worrying results. Read more...

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Take action

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

- SumOfUs petition to reject Commission proposal on EDCs criteria. Petition is also available in French, Spanish, and in German.

- 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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