Pesticides

Agrifood 27-11-2017

Glyphosate or nuclear: What to do beyond scaring

France should show political courage, embrace another vision and stop opposing the renewal of glyphosate’s authorisation in the EU, argues Cécile Philippe.

Agrifood 05-10-2017

Bringing sanity back to Europe’s glyphosate debate

For glyphosate, the active ingredient in the world’s most widely used weed killer, 6 November will be a date with destiny, writes Pieter Cleppe.

Agrifood 01-09-2017

Fipronil crisis: Why should we keep on using these toxic substances?

The withdrawal of millions of eggs from the market produced in the Netherlands and Belgium should motivate the EU to shift towards a different model of agriculture, argues Martin Dermine.

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 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 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.

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 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.

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.

Agrifood 15-11-2016

New GM crops once again fail the safety test

As the world focuses elsewhere, two untested varieties of genetically modified maize are slowly manoeuvring their way through the legislative hoops of the European institutions towards Europe’s fields, writes Mute Schimpf.

 

Agrifood 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.

Climate change 05-08-2016

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.

Applying glyphosate
Agrifood 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.

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.

Agrifood 27-05-2016

With or without pesticides?

Regulations that prohibit farmers from protecting their crops are putting our food supply at risk, writes Graeme Taylor.

EU glyphosate tantrum could leave people exposed to cancer risk

It is time for the European Commission to stop mucking about and act responsibly on glyphosate. If it grants a temporary extension it must include restrictions that minimise human exposure, writes Franziska Achterberg.

Agrifood 02-03-2016

Endocrine disruptors: ‘Better Regulation’ or better public health?

Endocrine disruptors pose a substantial risk to public health, yet the European Commission has dawdled time and again on introducing measures that would finally limit their use. Now is the time to put this right, write Genon Jensen and Michael Warhurst.

Public Affairs 17-06-2013

Should EU regulatory professionals start engaging in social media?

We are witnessing a new phenomenon where online tools, and especially the mobilising force of social media is no longer restricted to high politics or pure monitoring of EU events, but it is entering the realm of regulatory issues, from pesticides to intellectual property, where policy makers, both on national and EU level, are keen (and sometimes forced) to listen to the public, says András Baneth.

Agrifood 15-10-2012

50 years after Silent Spring, the EU still does not get the message

Pesticides and agricultural intensification are the main causes of biodiversity destruction, suggesting the predictions of the famous book 'Silent Spring' by Rachel Carson are now becoming reality, writes Hans Muilerman.

Agrifood 27-07-2012

GMOs: “Anne Glover, you are wrong”

An interview by EURACTIV with Anne Glover, European Commission chief scientific adviser, on GMO crops  triggered a response on EURACTIV.fr last week (27 July) from French MEP Corinne Lepage. Lepage says Glover was "wrong" to state there was "no more risk in eating GMO food than eating conventionally farmed food."

Europe’s risk assessment of chemicals has gone wrong

The EU's risk assessment system for chemicals has derailed and should be reformed urgently in favour of a science-based system that takes full account of the work undertaken by the scientific community, argues Hans Muilerman.

Agrifood 06-03-2012

French farmers fighting the taboo of pesticides

Farmers in France are winning court cases on illnesses caused by the use of pesticides. Long a taboo subject within the farming community, they are speaking increasingly openly about this potentially lethal pollution, says Claire Le Nestour.

Agrifood 28-06-2010

Illegal pesticides: A growing concern that needs attention

Counterfeit pesticides are currently slipping through the regulatory net and need to be addressed, argues Phil Newton, senior communications manager at the European Crop Protection Association, in an exclusive commentary for EURACTIV.