Pesticides

Agrifood 17-08-2017

Tainted egg scandal sparks political row in Germany

A German state minister charged Wednesday (16 August) that over three times more eggs contaminated with the insecticide fipronil had entered the country than the national government has admitted.

Agrifood 04-08-2017

Greece seizes more than 700kg of illegal pesticides from Turkey

Greek Ministry of Rural Development and Food announced on Friday (4 August) that the customs office seized more than 700 kilos of illegal pesticides originating from Turkey.

Agrifood 03-08-2017

Dutch egg scandal puts consumer health at risk

Hundreds of thousands of Dutch eggs have been declared unsuitable for consumption as they contained high quantities of fipronil, an insecticide toxic to humans.

Agrifood 19-07-2017

From the Monsanto Papers to IARC-gate: A glyphosate story

Renewing glyphosate’s authorisation is still one of the most controversial issues in the EU. The Monsanto Papers saga continues. André Heitz reveals the story behind the scandal.

Agrifood 12-07-2017

France: Four out of ten shops breach pesticides law

A consumer organisation has denounced the lax application of a law governing the sale of pesticides to the public in France, where close to half of shops break the law. EURACTIV’s partner Ouest-France reports.

EU experts agree on criteria for endocrine disrupting chemicals in pesticides

Experts from the 28 EU member states approved on Tuesday (4 July) a proposed list of criteria to identify endocrine disruptors in plant protection products – a move presented by the European Commission as a step towards a broader regulatory system for similar chemicals used in cosmetics, toys and food packaging.

Agrifood 30-06-2017

US journal Science publishes study linking neonicotinoids to bee deaths

Two of the most extensive field studies conducted to date in Europe and Canada have confirmed the hypothesis that neonicotinoid insecticides are harmful to bees and other pollinating species.

Agrifood 15-06-2017

Conflicts of interest erode trust in food safety agency

Close to half of the experts at the European Food Security Agency have conflicts of interest that call into question the validity of the agency’s work, according to a new study by Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO). EURACTIV France reports.

Agrifood 15-06-2017

Parliament narrowly adopts pesticide ban for ‘ecological areas’

The European Parliament narrowly endorsed a ban on the use of pesticides on arable land set aside for nature conservation on Wednesday (14 June), prompting a leading environmental group to call for a rethinking of how the bloc's multi-billion agricultural policy is decided.

Development Policy 09-06-2017

Burden faced by Africa’s small farmers masked by focus on migration and poverty

Some 70% of the world’s food is grown by smallholder farmers, the majority in the developing world, who will have to help output double by 2030 to keep up with population growth, a panel of experts at the European Development Days in Brussels heard on Thursday (8 June).

Agrifood 07-06-2017

German MEP: Deadlock on organic farming reform ‘odd’

Sales of organic produce are on the up in Europe. In 2015 alone, they rose by 13%, so it is no surprise the industry is struggling to approve proposed reforms to the EU’s eco-regulation. The sector claims there is little improvement on the table. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Agrifood 02-06-2017

MEPs go to court in bid to reform EFSA

Green MEPs have lodged a complaint to denounce the lack of transparency in EFSA’s assessment of glyphosate. They hope to change the internal rules of the agency to boost transparency and limit lobby influence.

Agrifood 31-05-2017

Scientific basis for glyphosate authorisation under renewed attack

Leading toxicologist and environmental engineer Christopher Portier has written to the European Commission denouncing the poor scientific quality of the EU’s research into glyphosate. EURACTIV France reports.

Agrifood 17-05-2017

Commission says 10-year glyphosate extension is a ‘starting point’ for debate

The European Commission believes a 10-year extension of glyphosate weedkiller is a “starting point” for debate and that it is the 28 EU member states which will have the final say, an EU official told EURACTIV.com.

Agrifood 02-05-2017

Green MEP: EFSA should release full glyphosate studies

Studies by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) about the risks of the glyphosate pesticide have different conclusions. Belgian MEP Bart Staes told EURACTIV Germany that EFSA needs to make its findings public so they can be scrutinised.

Agrifood 02-05-2017

Precision farming may drive down food prices, Commission claims

Precision farming practices in the EU could play a role in driving food prices down, European Commission sources told EURACTIV.com.

Agrifood 25-04-2017

Weak cooperatives and high input costs hike Greek food prices

In Greece, cooperatives play a limited role in the food supply chain. Combined with rising overhead costs, this has contributed to the erosion of local farmers' incomes, while emptying the wallets of consumers.

Agrifood 18-04-2017

Pesticide residues detected in almost all European foods

More than 97% of European food products contain pesticide residues, according to analyses carried out by the EU’s national authorities. EURACTIV’s partner Journal de l’Environnement reports.

Agrifood 29-03-2017

France tables EU-wide non-agricultural pesticide ban

The senator behind France’s ban on pesticides for domestic use has submitted a draft European resolution calling on the EU to follow the French example and implement a full ban on the non-agricultural use of pesticides. EURACTIV France reports.

Agrifood 29-03-2017

Kofi Annan: ‘What is the point of economic growth if you cannot breathe?’

Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan called yesterday (28 March) for investment in developing countries in order to “produce more food with fewer resources”, while making agriculture more sustainable.

Agrifood 27-03-2017

Commission calms Trump by clearing major agro-chemical merger

The European Commission approved on Monday (27 March) the proposed $130 billion merger of Dow Chemical and DuPont. But the decision triggered a strong reaction from environmentalists, who believe that such mergers lead to “major monopolies”.

Agrifood 24-03-2017

Glyphosate and the crucial battle for independent science

At its core, the political battle for transparency about the herbicide glyphosate is actually a battle for independent science and for the transparent and democratic functioning of the EU institutions, write five Greens/EFA MEPs

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.