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Pesticide Lobbyists Have Been Fighting the EU Pesticide Rules Tooth and Nail, and This Could End Up with Some Success.

EU pesticide regulation has always included a ban on some hazardous substances, of which the most important are the carcinogens and the endocrine disruptors, that can be found on pesticides. For years, EU’s plan, the so-called hazard-based criteria, aimed to ban some imported products that may contain particularly dangerous substances. The ban included even the traces of these substances as they are so dangerous unlike other chemicals.

Through the past years, pesticide producers and corporations in addition to US and Canada have been putting immense pressure to push EU to allow the residues of some pesticides of which EU categorize as hazardous. The pesticide lobbyists want that EU accept the present of banned hazardous substances in food and feed imports.
EU Commission faced never-ending visits, letters and complaints, and sometimes threats, by this pesticides lobby represented by US, Canada and other pesticide corporations. The lobbyists claimed that this ban has a negative impact of international tread of food and feed. In the light of this pressure, EU Commission loosened restrictions and dropped its original plan to ban residues of these dangerous chemical substances in imports.

Hopes now are hanged on the new Commission to stand up for the public health and change this loose approach.

Under its Better Regulation Agenda, the European Commission is undertaking the so-called REFIT (Regulatory Fitness and Performance program) to evaluate two pesticide regulations that govern pesticide residue levels in food. The main aim of the Better Regulation Agenda to alleviate the regulatory burden for business. The final pesticide REFIT report is to be launched at the end of March 2020.

If the new proposal confirmed the fears of accepting residues of hazardous pesticides in importsit would be against the EU’s own health protection goals and it would lead to various disadvantages, European farmers would face unfair double standards, and the new Commission’s own stated ambitions for the Green New Deal and the Farm to Fork strategy, would be undermined before they have even taken off as those plans contain significant welling to reduced pesticide use and more sustainable imports.

 

Reference:

Corporate Europe Conservatory (2020, February 16). Toxic residues through the back door, Pesticide corporations and trade partners pressured EU to allow banned substances in imported crops. Retrieved February 19, 2020 from: https://corporateeurope.org/en/2020/02/toxic-residues-through-back-door

 

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Thematic area: International Day for Biological Diversity

As part of the efforts to raise awareness of the negotiations of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity is pleased to announce that the theme of the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) on 22 May 2020 will be:

“Our Solutions are in Nature”

The theme for the day shows that Biodiversity remains the answer to a number of sustainable development challenges that we all face. From nature-based solutions to climate, to food and water security, and sustainable livelihoods, biodiversity remains the basis for a sustainable future.

 

With a number of events and activities, 2020 promises to be a “super year” for global biodiversity governance, environmental decision making and ultimately for all life on Earth. The celebrations of the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) will be part of a broader commemoration of Biodiversity Week, from 18 to 22 May 2020. This will coincide with the twenty-fourth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice, which will take place from 18 to 23 May 2020 in Montreal, Canada. For more information: www.cbd.int/idb/2020

The text of this notification is also available on the CBD website at:

http://www.cbd.int/…/notificat…/2020/ntf-2020-007-idb-en.pdf