From May to August 2022, Good Food Good Farming invited EU citizens to participate in a Europe wide citizens-science action. In total, more than 200 participants engaged with the topic of pesticides by getting their own hair tested for pesticide residues. An independent laboratory is currently conducting the analysis for 30 different pesticide residues. A summary of the results will be published in September 2022 on this webpage.
During the Good Food Good Farming Action days in October 2022, we will raise our voices for better pesticide policies in many decentral events across Europe and also organize a joint-action in Brussels!
Pesticides are a serious threat to our food and farming systems. On the field, they kill pollinators like bees and reduce the quality of soils. They endanger the health of farmers and field workers. And their toxic impact doesn´t stop at the farm gate: through the food we eat, they find their way into our bodies and our close environments. This concerns us.
In May 2020, the EU released the Farm to Fork strategy – a declaration of intent that could play a significant role in transforming our food systems. One of the strategy´s target includes the reduction of pesticide use in the EU by 50% until 2030. However, this target is not legally binding and challenged by national governments and the agrochemical lobby. Currently, the EU revises their pesticide regulations – but these face the danger to be far less ambitious than EU citizens wish!
Now is the time to demonstrate our demands to EU decision-makers: Together we raise our voices for healthier food and farming systems that protect our biodiversity!