Tag: European Food Safety Authority

#Pesticides: MEPs want to promote use of natural alternatives

#Pesticides: MEPs want to promote use of natural alternatives

| February 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

Although fast and effective for plant growth, chemicals pesticides entail potential risks for human health, animals and the environment. About 45% of food we consume contains pesticide residues with 1.6% exceeding legal limits, according to the European Food Safety Authority. MEPs want to promote the use of more natural pesticides and to simplify and speed […]

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#Pesticides: Glyphosate herbicide – don’t renew its authorization, urge MEPs

#Pesticides: Glyphosate herbicide – don’t renew its authorization, urge MEPs

So long as serious concerns remain about the carcinogenicity and endocrine disruptive properties of the herbicide glyphosate, which is used in hundreds of farm, forestry, urban and garden applications, the EU Commission should not renew its authorization. Instead, it should commission an independent review and disclose all the scientific evidence that the European Food Safety […]

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#Glyphosate: Environmental organisations press charges against Monsanto, BfR and EFSA for assessment of glyphosate

#Glyphosate: Environmental organisations press charges against Monsanto, BfR and EFSA for assessment of glyphosate

Six environmental NGOs (Global 2000, PAN Europe, PAN UK, Generations Futures, Nature et Progrès Belgique and Wemove.EU) from five European countries are filing today (2 March) a formal complaint against those responsible for the assessment of glyphosate in Europe, for “denying the cancer causing effects of glyphosate and getting its European market license renewed”. On […]

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#Health: Glyphosate health risks ignored as Commission proposes long reapproval for use in EU

#Health: Glyphosate health risks ignored as Commission proposes long reapproval for use in EU

| February 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

The European Commission is proposing the reapproval of the controversial substance glyphosate, which is used as a herbicide among other applications, for use in the EU for a further 15 years. The draft implementing act, which was made available to the European Parliament on Wednesday 24 February, foresees the reapproval of glyphosate until 2031 and […]

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#AnimalWelfare: Containing animal disease outbreaks – agriculture MEPs endorse deal with Council

#AnimalWelfare: Containing animal disease outbreaks – agriculture MEPs endorse deal with Council

| February 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

Measures to prevent and halt outbreaks of animal diseases such as avian flu or African swine fever, informally agreed by MEPs and the Council in June 2015, were backed by the Agriculture Committee on Tuesday. The draft EU law, on diseases that are transmissible among animals and potentially to humans too, will put more emphasis […]

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Cloning for food: Parliamentary committees vote on plans to ban the practice

Cloning for food: Parliamentary committees vote on plans to ban the practice

Should cloning for food be banned because of animal welfare concerns? The environment committee votes today (17 June) on amendments to a European Commission proposal to ban the cloning of animals kept and reproduced for farming purposes in the EU. The MEPs in charge of steering the plans through Parliament support the ban, but want […]

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Q&A: Bee health: What is the EU doing?

Q&A: Bee health: What is the EU doing?

1. What has the European Commission done for better bee health? The Commission contributes to bee health in many areas: On the veterinary side, the Commission: created an EU Reference Laboratory for bee health in 2011; co-financed voluntary surveillance studies to estimate the extent of bee mortalities since 2012; trained hundreds of national veterinary officials […]

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