Pesticides archive

  • Foggy barley field

    Illegal push to weaken pesticides regulation risks health of people and environment

    Under pressure from a number of member states, the European Commission has revived a push to water down rules that protect against endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in pesticides.

  • paraglider over farmland for story saying EU Parliament rejects dangerous and unlawful definition of EDCs

    EU Parliament rejects dangerous and unlawful definition of hormone-harming chemicals

    A dangerous and unlawful definition of hormone-harming chemicals in pesticides has today been rejected by the European Parliament.

  • maize field under summer sky

    Analysis reveals unlawful action by EU Commission on hormone-disrupting chemicals

    The European Commission has gone beyond its power in order to allow endocrine disruptors to be used in pesticides, say experts.

  • hand with crops for story saying illegal and dangerous edocrine disruptor definition approved

    Illegal and dangerous endocrine disruptor criteria approved

    Expert scientists from most EU countries today approved the European Commission’s proposed criteria to identify which pesticide chemicals may be hormone disruptors.

  • honey bees

    EU pesticide ban flouted as countries exploit legal loophole

    EU countries are ignoring the ban on bee-harming pesticides and continuing to use them across Europe. The Commission has the power to curb this alarming trend, but is doing nothing to stop it.

  • child flower and bumblebee to illustrate story saying CETA fears come true as EU bows to Canadian pressure to cut pesticides protection

    CETA fears come true as EU bows to Canadian pressure to cut pesticides protection

    The European Commission has cut the level of protection in EU pesticides rules following pressure from the US and Canada, minutes of a meeting reveal.

  • bees on big sunflowers

    Canada proposes ban on toxic pesticide

    This new proposal shows that evidence-based decision making, in the face of enormous pressure from the pesticide industry, is beginning to work.

  • Neonics: What is bad for bees is also bad for us

    Losing our pollinators would have huge implications for human health. New evidence shows how important the ban on neonicotinoids is for protecting our bees.

  • Bee approaching flower

    New bee-threatening pesticides should also be banned

    The increased use of bee-threatening pesticide sulfoximines could undermine the current ban on neonicotinoids, and have serious implications for the future of pollinators, food production and human health.