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Disrupted: The endocrine disruptor debate

Topic: pesticides

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Agriculture & Food 29-09-2016

Industrial agriculture threatens to drive German smallholders into ruin

SPECIAL REPORT / The existence of many farms is dependent on economic pressure and competition brought by larger scale holdings. More and more German farms are being driven into ruin and the environment is paying a hefty price too. EurActiv Germany reports.
Sustainable Dev. 26-09-2016

French expert: 'Polluters should help state pay for air quality monitoring'

Societal change will prove just as important as financial investment in the effort to improve air quality. But air quality monitoring is central to this effort, Bernard Garnier told EurActiv's partner Journal de l'Environnement.
Agriculture & Food 22-09-2016

Pesticide manufacturers' own tests reveal serious harm to honeybees

Unpublished field trials by pesticide manufacturers show their products cause serious harm to honeybees at high levels, leading to calls from senior scientists for the companies to end the secrecy which cloaks much of their research.
Agriculture & Food 12-09-2016

Our very existence depends on soil, so why is it not protected?

In the minds of many, soil is simply dirt, but without it we would all cease to exist. Unlike the water we drink and the air we breathe, soil is not protected in the EU and its quality is getting worse. This has to change, writes Balázs Horváth.
Agriculture & Food 02-09-2016

France seeks renewed ‘legitimacy’ for EU farm policy post-Brexit

In light of an unprecedented farming crisis, EU agriculture ministers will gather in France today (2 September) to exchange views on the future role of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) after Britain's decision to leave the 28-country bloc.

Monsanto and Greenpeace bicker over access to glyphosate studies

The decision of a pro-glyphosate lobby to grant public access via reading rooms to proprietary studies on the weed-killer’s safety has been the subject of a new intense row with NGOs.

Major study links neonicotinoid pesticides to wild bee declines

Wild bees that forage from oilseed rape crops treated with insecticides known as neonicotinoids are more likely to undergo long-term population declines than bees that forage from other sources, according to the findings of an 18-year study.
Health & Consumers 09-08-2016

Water industry: Light criteria on endocrine disruptors benefit polluters

A less strict approach on defining endocrine disruptors will help industries producing such substances “pollute and not pay”, the association representing Europe's water sector (EurEau) told

Commission’s endocrine disruptor plan is illegal, inadequate and woefully late

European Commission draft rules to identify and ultimately ban endocrine disrupters are illegal because they clash with existing pesticide and biocide regulations, Alice Bernard writes. The environmental lawyer warned that EU judges could throw out the changes to the long-awaited scientific criteria for the chemicals.
Agriculture & Food 01-08-2016

Glyphosate: Understanding the controversy

The debate over glyphosate has not been a scientific discussion but an activists’ war against ‘Big Agri’. Glyphosate is scientifically proven to be safe and should be re-authorised, writes André Heitz.
Agriculture & Food 27-07-2016

France delays ban on neonicotinoids until 2018

Environmental groups fear that the biodiversity bill adopted last Wednesday (20 July) will be watered down under the next French government, particularly the ban on bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides, which has been put off until 2018. EurActiv’s partner Journal de l’Environnement reports.

Spain wants Horizon 2020 funds to clean up pesticide mess

The Spanish region of Aragón is set to request European funding from the Horizon 2020 programme to combat environmental pollution caused by a now-banned pesticide. EurActiv Spain reports.
Agriculture & Food 15-07-2016

Precision agriculture: future of the CAP?

Increasing yields and the quality of the production while reducing energy consumption and inputs or "produce more with less" is the principle of precision agriculture (PA).
Health & Consumers 13-07-2016

Swedwatch: Report highlights abuses in Bangladeshi tobacco industry

The EU should require traceability of raw tobacco from a farmer to the final product, and include country of origin in export and import information, a Swedish campaign group told
Agriculture & Food 12-07-2016

EU agrees ban on glyphosate co-formulant

Member states yesterday (11 July) backed a proposal by the European Commission to put limits on the use of the weed-killer glyphosate in the 28-nation bloc, including a ban on one co-formulant called POE-tallowamine, has learned.
UK & Europe 06-07-2016

UK farmers link Brexit vote and glyphosate spoke to young British farmers at the 2016 Lincolnshire Show, just before the EU referendum on 23 June. Most showed strong interest for Brexit and linked their rejection of the EU to glyphosate.

EU muddling on glyphosate fuelled Brexit populism

Calls for the European Union to dramatically change its decision making and get closer to citizen’s daily concerns have piled up in the wake of Britain’s shock decision to leave the EU.
Agriculture & Food 29-06-2016

Commission prolongs glyphosate licence by 18 months

The European Commission has decided to extend the licence for glyphosate by 18 months, after member states failed to achieve a qualified majority in favour or against the executive’s proposal.
Agriculture & Food 24-06-2016

Commission expected to decide on glyphosate’s immediate future

The European Commission will most likely be tasked with ending glyphosate temporary deadlock, as member states’ ambiguous stance has blocked a decision on the issue.
Health & Consumers 15-06-2016

Pesticide industry critical of endocrine disruptors criteria

The pesticide industry is “extremely disappointed” with the European Commission’s proposal to identify endocrine disruptors that was presented on Wednesday (15 June).
Development Policy 10-06-2016

Tony Simons: Agroforestry is a 'win-win' for developing nations

Agroforestry is a "back to the future" concept, advocating a return to the origins of farming —trees and fields— rather than the modern concept of huge monocultures, says Tony Simons.
Agriculture & Food 08-06-2016

Climate-smart agriculture: More than just greenwashing?

Ahead of the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture's second forum, numerous associations have criticised the group, citing the prevalence of greenwashing and lack of actual positive impact on climate change. EurActiv Germany reports.
Agriculture & Food 06-06-2016

Member states 'hiding' behind Brussels on glyphosate

A vote on whether to extend EU-wide authorisation for the controversial weedkiller Glyphosate has exposed reluctance among member states to take a clear position on a defining issue for European agriculture.

Disrupted: The endocrine disruptor debate

The debate on hormone disruptors in the EU is more political than scientific. A decision to ignore the question of potency would cause needless disruption to regulators, industries and consumers, writes Christopher Borgert.