Gardening: fighting pests with pests, not pesticide

When pests attack, take a closer look before reaching for the chemicals…

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Encouraging beneficial species that eat, paralyse, mummify or destroy the problem – instead of using pesticide…

When pests attack, take a closer look before reaching for the chemicals…
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Cadeaux et contrats: quand les labos soignent les médecins

L’ampleur du traitement de faveur des médecins par les laboratoires

On savait que depuis des années, les médecins se font chouchouter, particulièrement par les laboratoires : cadeaux, dîners, voyages etc. Ce que nous ignorions en revanche, c’est l’ampleur de ce traitement de faveur, et même le coût. Grâce à la loi qui contraint les laboratoires à rendre publiques ces dépenses, l’association “Regard citoyens’est emparée du sujet et a analysé ces sommes dépensées par les labos..

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L’impact des pesticides sur l’environnement, présentation diaporama

La Semaine pour les Alternatives aux Pesticides fêta ses 10 ans en 2015!

Omniprésents dans notre environnement, les pesticides polluent l’air, les sols et les eaux souterraines ou de surface, mettant en danger de nombreuses espèces animales indispensables à notre survie.
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The Myths of Safe Pesticides

The pesticide action week is back from March 20th to March 30th

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Toxic pesticides are everywhere but only a few are tested for safety…

The chemical-based conventional agriculture industry claims that the synthesized concoctions they sell as pesticides, herbicides, and insecticides are safe when used as directed, but does the scientific evidence truly support their assertions?

Organic agriculturist and lecturer Andre Leu delves into a wealth of respected scientific journals to present the peer-reviewed evidence that proves the claims of chemical companies and pesticide regulators are not all they seem. In The Myths of Safe Pesticides, Leu translates technical jargon into layman s terms to break down the five most-repeated myths about pesticide safety, refuting them using scientific data.

The pesticide industry argues that agriculture, and the global population itself, cannot survive without its products, but Leu warns that we are at risk unless we break free of their toxic hold and turn to more natural methods of pest and weed regulation..

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Team @MicheleRivasi @HealthandEnv @Alter_Pesticide call for reductions in pesticides use

2015 : 10th Anniversary of Pesticides Action Week, 20-30 March

EU action outside the European Commission on the occasion of Pesticide Action Week 2015. In the video, Sophie Bordères, coordinator of Pesticides Action Week speaks about a recent study which discovered a number of pesticides in her body. MEP Michele Rivasi then speaks about the urgent need for EU action to reduce pesticide use. Séverine Perronnet, a young mother who took part in the photo action then explains the importance of knowing about the impacts of pesticides on pregnant women and their children.

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Mums and parents-to-be call for reductions in pesticide use

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MEP Michele Rivasi (centre) joined individuals outside the European Commission to call for EU action to reduce pesticide use.

Sophie Bordères, coordinator of Pesticides Action Week, says she has residues of pesticides in her body that should not be there. Earlier this month, Ms Bordères discovered the pesticides contained in her body. She had taken part in a study in which a sample of her hair was analysed by the French association, Génerations Futures. Seven endocrine disrupting pesticides were found in all the hair samples of the 28 women participants in the study (the chemical substances are displayed on posters held up by those taking part in the action). She says that making known these findings can help raise awareness of the health and environmental dangers of pesticides, which is one of the key aims of Pesticides Action Week.

” Traces of several insecticides that are endocrine disrupters were found in a sample of my hair, including pyrethroids and organophosphates ” she says.

The study provided more evidence of widespread human contamination with synthetic chemicals. For those women who plan to become pregnant, the risks are a special concern for the vulnerable fetus in the womb.

Confirmation that the traces of one of the pesticides found in Ms Bordères’s body is considered harmful was very recently underlined by an announcement from the UN’s international cancer research agency (IARC).

Lisette van Vliet, HEAL’s Senior Policy Advisor on Chemicals and Chronic Disease Prevention, says :
Just last week the International Agency for Research on Cancer classified some of these pesticides as probable carcinogens. So the continual increase in hormone-related diseases, such as cancers of the breast and prostate and diabetes, is not an empty coincidence. We call on the European Commission and EU member countries to protect people’s health by phasing out endocrine disrupting chemicals as soon as possible. This includes the widely used organophosphate pesticide, glyphosate, known by its brand name, Roundup.”

Another study published in March estimated the health bill associated with exposure to endocrine disrupting pesticides at €120 billion per year in the European Union.

Lisette van Vliet, HEAL says that parents need information about the risks. The Danish government already provides women in the reproductive age group with advice on exposure to chemicals but most countries do not. “The European Union should be helping all member state governments to provide this information for future and current parents,” she says.

Meanwhile, HEAL has developed a list of available written and visual materials in different European languages.

Although information is vital, EU policy change is what will significantly minimise human exposure and bring down levels of synthetic chemicals and pesticides in European’s bodies. The 2009 pesticide package included a ban on the sale and use of pesticides that are linked with cancer, DNA mutation or reproductive toxicity and encouraged reductions in pesticide spraying in public spaces, such as parks and around schools and hospitals. However, the legislation required that the European Commission define criteria on endocrine disrupting chemicals if the package were to be fully implemented. Although this was supposed to happen by 2013, it still has not been done.

Europeans’ concerns about chemicals were reflected in a Eurobarometer poll published in September 2014. It showed four in ten Europeans worry about the impact of chemicals on their health.

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Présentation Diaporama de la Semaine pour les Alternatives aux Pesticides

La Semaine pour les Alternatives aux Pesticides fête ses 10 ans!

La Semaine pour les alternatives aux pesticides est un événement national et international annuel du 20 au 30 mars pour informer sur l’impact des pesticides sur l’environnement et la santé. Téléchargez le nouvel appel à participation  et diffusez le plus largement possible.

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Pesticide pollution infographic

The pesticide action week is back from March 20th to March 30th

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En 2015 c’est la 10ème édition de la semaine pour les alternatives aux pesticides!

Pesticides don’t attack just the pests. New research shows that aquatic ecosystems in EU are under threat due to chemical pollution and 80-96% of the risk is due to the levels of pesticides in the rivers and lakes. Find out more.

After the success of the 9th edition with more than 1 300 actions in 26 different countries, the Pesticide action week is back with its 10th edition from March 20th to March 30th2015.

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Semaine pour les Alternatives aux Pesticides, vidéo 2014

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La Semaine pour les alternatives aux pesticides est un événement national et international annuel du 20 au 30 mars pour informer sur l’impact des pesticides sur l’environnement et la santé. Durant la Semaine tout le monde est invité à organiser des évènements: particuliers, associations, agriculteurs, collectivités locales, entreprises, écoles… Pas besoin de gros moyens ou de beaucoup d’expérience. Avec un peu d’imagination, de volonté et d’organisation, il est facile de créer une action. Téléchargez le nouvel appel à participation  et diffusez le plus largement possible…

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Primodos: the MHRA launches a public call for evidence relating to its use

Hormonal pregnancy tests: call for evidence relating to Primodos use.

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Primodos: UK Medicines regulator launches call for evidence on previously licensed oral hormonal pregnancy tests.

Public call for evidence launched relating to the use of hormonal contraceptives

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has today launched a public call for evidence relating to the use of oral hormonal pregnancy tests (HPTs, which are no longer prescribed in the UK) and adverse effects relating to pregnancy including possible birth defects.

HPTs such as Primodos were available in the 1960s and 1970s and were widely used to diagnose pregnancy. In 1967, a study raised initial concern that use of HPTs may be associated with birth defects. The then Committee on Safety of Medicines (CSM) kept this issue under review and in 1975 recommended that in view of the possible concern, and the availability of alternative methods, doctors should not use HPTs. These products were withdrawn from the market in the late 1970s.

In October 2014, the government committed to an independent review of the evidence relating to HPTs and the possible risk of birth defects. The review is not a political inquiry intended to demonstrate liability, but to examine the evidence to assess whether there are grounds for accepting a link between the use of HPTs and the conditions experienced by some patients.

A group of experts in relevant scientific disciplines is currently being convened to conduct the review, which is expected to be completed by the beginning of 2016.

To ensure all the available evidence is reviewed, the MHRA is currently in the process of obtaining all relevant documents. As part of this process, the MHRA is asking any individual or organisation with information they feel is relevant to submit it for consideration by the experts during the review. All evidence submitted will be included in the review and a report (including a public summary) will be made publicly available once the review is complete.

Dr June Raine, the MHRA’s Director of Vigilance and Risk Management of Medicines, said:

We encourage people to send us any information they consider is relevant to previously used hormonal pregnancy tests and potential adverse effects that they think may have been associated with these drugs.

“It is important that we hear from people who feel they or their child have been affected adversely by hormonal pregnancy tests. We encourage anyone who wants to provide information about a suspected adverse effect from use of a HPT to submit it to us via a Yellow Card report.

“We would also welcome any other published or unpublished evidence you consider relevant and wish to submit for the review and ask that you send this to us by the end of June 2015. ”

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  • Medicines regulator launches call for evidence on previously licensed oral hormonal pregnancy tests, MHRA press release, 25 March 2015.
  • Hormonal pregnancy tests: call for evidence, MHRA Consultation description, 25 March 2015.
  • Hormonal pregnancy tests (including Primodos) and possible association with birth defects, MHRA Call for evidence, 25 March 2015.

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The Greening of America

The pesticide action week is back from March 20th to March 30th

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Call for a Pesticide-free Spring! Join the Pesticide Action Week!

After the success of the 9th edition with more than 1 300 actions in 26 different countries, the Pesticide action week is back with its 10th edition from March 20th to March 30th2015.

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