Pesticides

Agrifood 11-05-2022

EU agencies push back glyphosate assessment to mid-2023

Due to an unprecedented flood of stakeholder input, relevant EU agencies announced their risk assessment on glyphosate will only come in mid-2023, even though the herbicide’s current approval will expire by the end of this year.
Agrifood 14-04-2022

EU decision to restrict bee-harming pesticide causes tension with US

The European Commission has taken the decision to restrict the use of the pesticide 'sulfoxaflor' to indoor-only after concerns over its impact on bees, but the move has raised hackles over in the US.
Agrifood 30-03-2022

EU’s pesticide approval process is too long

The green transition is very much about energy and, of course, we need to get rid of oil and coal. However, while future generations deserve a healthier, cleaner, and greener world, they will not get it if we focus only on energy, writes Pernille Weiss.
Agrifood 22-03-2022

EU holds pesticide reduction, biodiversity preservation proposals amid Ukraine war

The European Commission has pushed back the tabling of its 'Nature protection package', which included the proposal to slash the use and risk of chemical pesticides in half by 2030 and nature restoration targets which aim at halting biodiversity loss in Europe.
Agrifood 08-02-2022

Commission’s leaked plans on integrated pest management slammed as too weak

A draft revision of the EU’s pesticide framework, obtained by EURACTIV, sets out multi-pronged plans to address shortcomings on integrated pest management (IPM), but campaign groups say these still fall short of what is needed to transform the sector.
Agrifood 04-02-2022

LEAK: Commission to propose EU-binding reduction targets for pesticides

The European Commission plans to set an EU-binding 50% pesticide reduction target by 2030 but leave member states free to set their own national targets, according to a leaked proposal to revise the EU's pesticide framework obtained by EURACTIV.
Agrifood 24-01-2022

Reducing pesticide use requires ‘coordinated effort’, says French minister

Finding alternatives to plant protection products requires a "coordinated effort" from all member states, French Ecological Transition Minister Barbara Pompili, who presided over the talks with EU agriculture ministers in Amiens from 20-22 January, has said. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 13-01-2022

Germany’s pesticide rules have major shortcomings – report

Germany's legal framework for using plant protection products has significant shortcomings, the conclusions of a report presented on Wednesday by an alliance of various associations shows. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 23-12-2021

African farmers puzzled over EU’s pesticide residues stance

Although hailed by part of the European civil society, the EU's tight line on import tolerances for pesticide substances can cause a lot of headaches for African food producers, who fear being excluded from the single market and left with no alternatives to protect their crops.
Agrifood 17-12-2021

Kenya divided over pesticides ban to align with EU Green Deal

The Kenyan farming community is divided over efforts by lawmakers to bring their regulations on pesticides in line with the EU’s green deal. Industry groups warn that a ban could wipe out over €1 billion of production.
Agrifood 08-12-2021

Glyphosate approval: stakeholders squabble over who has the science right

As the EU considers renewing its approval for the controversial herbicide glyphosate, the industry is defending the assessment procedure while environmental campaigners have denounced it for not being based on “sound science”.
Agrifood 11-11-2021

Environmental organisations call for action to tackle agrochemical data ‘blind spots’

Environmental and health organisations across the EU have called for action on agrochemical data 'blind spots' in an open letter, saying that it undermines the EU’s green goals and fuels mistrust in society.
Agrifood 08-11-2021

French beekeepers call for immediate ban on common herbicide to help ailing sector

French beekeepers have called for a ban on the second most widely used herbicide, profulscarb, saying that this is needed to protect the ailing sector which is reeling from the worst honey harvest to date. EURACTIV France reports.

Macron to push for pesticide phase-out during EU presidency stint

France will push for "an accelerated phase-out of pesticides" at the EU level when it takes on the rotating EU Council Presidency in January 2022, President Emmanuel Macron told the World Conservation Congress which opened in Marseille this week
Agrifood 22-06-2021

A thousand tonnes of harmful counterfeit pesticides seized in EU

The EU's law enforcement agency, Europol, says it took 1,203 tonnes of illegal pesticides off the market between January and April on the back of a rise in online sales of banned substances.
Agrifood 12-05-2021

‘Conservationist’ farmers confirm support for glyphosate renewal

Proponents of glyphosate renewal count on farmers putting in place agronomic practices following Conservative Agriculture (CA) principles in their bid to get the EU green light for the controversial weed killer.
Agrifood 06-05-2021

EU Court backs Commission’s ban on controversial neonicotinoid pesticides

The EU’s highest court has ruled that the European Commission was entitled to restrict the use of three neonicotinoid pesticides linked with bee decline after an attempt to overturn the decision from the agrochemical company Bayer. The plant protection products...
Agrifood 15-04-2021

Pesticide with EU-banned substance still widely used in Bulgarian agriculture

EURACTIV Bulgaria’s investigative journalist Valia Ahchieva depicts in her latest production on YouTube a sad reality: a plant protection product called Mocap containing an EU-banned active ingredient is not only being used but also subsidised by Bulgaria's ministry of agriculture.
Agrifood 03-03-2021

French lawmakers denounce EFSA’s ‘toxic’ pesticides assessments

More than a hundred French lawmakers have joined forces to denounce the EU’s evaluation of pesticides and demand that the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) step up its assessments in line with EU regulation, a criticism that the agency rejects.
Agrifood 11-02-2021

German lawmakers call for ending exports of banned pesticides

Pesticides that are currently banned in Europe may still be exported to foreign countries, an issue which highlights the EU's lack of coherence, according to the leftist Die Linke and the Greens. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 27-01-2021

EU food safety agency presents plan for integrated risk assessments for pollinators

The EU food safety agency (EFSA) has presented its first steps towards creating an integrated risk assessment framework for honeybees which aims to contribute to the development of future environmental assessments.

EU lawmakers raise concerns about UK ‘regression’ on pesticides

Lawmakers in the European Parliament raised concerns about possible UK regression on pesticides and gene editing at a meeting on the new EU-UK trade agreement on Thursday (14 January).
Agrifood 03-12-2020

EU Commission pesticide approval procedure under fire from EU watchdog

The current procedure for the approval of active substances in pesticides “raise concerns” according to the EU Ombudsman, who outline several recommendations for measures to improve the approval process and increase its transparency.
Agrifood 02-12-2020

Study: Micropollutants have ‘significant potential impact’ on water ecosystems, human health

A study carried out by the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRAE) into micropollutants at the exit of wastewater treatment plants has concluded, once again, that despite a lack of comprehensive data, their impact on the environment remains undeniable. EURACTIV France reports.