IFOAM Organics Europe regrets the European Parliament’s inability to agree on a pesticides reduction regulation.

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“The European Parliament’s watering down and rejection of the pesticides reduction regulation is shameful. Politicians who claim that they defend farmers by refusing to reduce synthetic pesticides fool themselves and the public. Policymakers’ lack of political will to take action to reduce pesticides makes it even more obvious that developing organic farming is the best way to protect people’s health and nature from toxic pesticides”, says Eric Gall, Deputy Director of IFOAM Organics Europe.

Organic farming is the proof that it is possible to produce sufficient quality food without relying on synthetic pesticides

The widespread use of synthetic pesticides represents a significant burden on the health of European citizens, and farmers in particular. Synthetic pesticides are also the main cause of the disappearance of birds and insects in the European countryside and are largely responsible for polluting our waters with toxic substances.

Organic farming is the proof that it is possible to produce sufficient quality food without relying on synthetic pesticides. The organic approach to plant health care is mostly based on preventive and indirect agronomic measures, such as crop rotations, to manage pests and diseases, which can be complemented when needed for some crops with biocontrol solutions such as natural substances, most of which easily degrade in the environment.

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