Pesticides

Agrifood 24-03-2017

Green NGOs blame Monsanto for ‘buying science’ to save glyphosate

A new report accuses glyphosate producers of “buying science” in order to secure the substance's position in the EU market.

Agrifood 24-03-2017

Europe poised for total ban on bee-harming pesticides

The world’s most widely used insecticides would be banned from all fields across Europe under draft regulations from the European Commission, seen by EURACTIV’s partner The Guardian.

Agrifood 15-03-2017

Bayer-Monsanto’s ugly offspring

As safety watchdogs battle over just how toxic and dangerous Monsanto’s controversial weed-killer glyphosate actually is, the even more toxic half-brother from Bayer, glufosinate, is making a timely return, warns Mute Schimpf.

Agrifood 15-03-2017

Glyphosate is not carcinogenic, EU agency says

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) said today (15 March) that much-discussed glyphosate weedkiller should not be classified as a carcinogen, triggering a strong response from environmentalist NGOs.

Agrifood 10-03-2017

UN report calls for end to industrial agriculture

The UN’s special rapporteur on the right to food has issued a damning indictment of the harmful effects of pesticides on flora, fauna and human beings. EURACTIV’s partner Journal de l’Environnement reports.

Agrifood 01-03-2017

French study: Farmers can slash pesticide use without losing money

French farmers could reduce their pesticide consumption by 30% without losing profitability, a new study published in the review Nature Plants has revealed. EURACTIV’s partner Journal de l’Environnement reports.

Health 16-02-2017

Report: Commission criteria on endocrine disruptors should not be limited to pesticides

The European Commission should amend its proposed criteria on endocrine disruptors and adopt a horizontal approach covering not only pesticides but also other products, a new report says.

Public Affairs 15-02-2017

Commission fluffs lines on decision-making reform

The European Commission has revealed its long-awaited reform of the so-called comitology decision-making process. But it has already been criticised for not being ambitious enough and concerns have been raised about whether the proposal stands any chance of being approved.

Agrifood 14-02-2017

Italy urged to follow through with ban on glyphosate co-formulant

NGOs are warning Italy that it should not extend a grace period, and ensure that pesticides containing glyphosate do not contain the toxic co-formulant POE-tallowamine.

Health 09-02-2017

Commission must take action against endocrine disruptors

Reducing exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals will benefit healthcare systems and economies as a whole, writes Christian Zahn.

Agrifood 09-02-2017

Fake pesticides deal severe blow to EU economy, report says

Counterfeit pesticides take a significant toll on the EU's industry, tax revenues, and employment levels, a new report has found.

Agrifood 06-02-2017

Pesticide bans are catch-22 for landowners

Landowners need crop protection products to feed our growing population. By removing crop protection products from the market, the EU is endangering its own food security, writes Robert de Graeff.

Climate change 01-02-2017

France unveils packed 2017 environmental research programme

The French environmental safety agency this week unveiled its packed 2017 agenda, including investigations into the health effects of pesticides and wind turbines, the effectiveness of anti-pollution masks and alternatives to neonicotinoids. Euractiv’s partner Journal de l’Environnement reports.

Agrifood 27-01-2017

Trusting science in an age of ‘truthiness’

With trust in our institutions ebbing away, people are becoming more likely to accept the provenance of information than they are the accuracy of the facts. Graeme Taylor suggests four ways industry can re-ignite trust in science.

Climate change 24-01-2017

Hamon outclasses presidential rival Valls on green issues

Benoît Hamon’s late sally into the French presidential race has added another intriguing player to the equation. EURACTIV’s partner Journal de l’Environnement takes a look at Hamon and fellow Socialist candidate Manuel Valls in terms of their environmental credentials.

EFSA boss: Trust in integrity of science has a cost

Studies on the safety of GMOs, glyphosate or other pesticides could enjoy higher levels of trust from the general public if there were stronger guarantees that the science behind them is really independent, says Bernhard Url, executive director of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

EFSA: Glyphosate ban debate ‘legitimate’ but not about science

The debate on the toxicity of pesticides and the role of big multinationals in agriculture is a legitimate one to have, says Bernhard Url, the head of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). But it goes beyond the realm of science, he told EURACTIV in an interview, calling on politicians to assume their responsibilities and make their own decisions.

Agrifood 13-01-2017

New German study backs further agricultural reform

Europeans are not happy with the way €55 billion of their taxes is spent on agricultural studies, according to a new study, which has backed further tinkering with the EU's farming policy. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Agrifood 12-01-2017

Greenpeace: Neonicotinoids pose risks to multiple species

Neonicotinoid pesticides should be considered a serious threat not only to honeybees, but also to many other species, according to a scientific review published today (12 January) by Greenpeace.

Monsanto’s Roundup linked to liver disease, study says

A new study has found that low-dose and long-term exposure to Monsanto’s weed killer Roundup could cause a liver disease to female rats.

Agrifood 11-01-2017

Citizens’ initiative aimed at banning glyphosate gets the go-ahead

Brussels has agreed to the launch of a European Citizens' Initiative on banning glyphosate in the EU. EURACTIV France reports.

UK & Europe 04-01-2017

UK promises scrapping ‘three-crops’ farm rule post-Brexit

The UK’s new agriculture minister has promised a major scrapping of EU farming regulation - including key green measures - after it leaves the bloc.

Agrifood 23-12-2016

Agricultural innovation: A driver for sustainability?

As the global population continues to grow, lawmakers are looking for innovation-driven solutions to feed the world while addressing the environmental impact of agriculture. 

Health 22-12-2016

EU member states still divided over endocrine disruptor regulation

At a meeting of experts yesterday (21 December) the European Commission failed to bridge the gap between member states on setting criteria for endocrine disruptors.