Do you have pesticides in your body? Join the pesticide check-up and find out

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 does not stop at the farm gate: through the food we eat, they find their way into our bodies and our close environments. 1.2 million European citizens signed the European citizens’ initiative “Save Bees and Farmers” to call for a drastic reduction of pesticides.

As a member of the Good Food Good Farming (GFGF) coalition, we invite you to participate in this European citizens-science action before 30 June 2022.This campaign aims at calling together for better protection for the health of farmers, consumers, and our nature! An independent laboratory will conduct the analysis for 30 different pesticides.

For more information on how to participate, you can check GFGF’s website and/or contact GFGF’s coordinator [email protected].

What is the European legislative context with regards to pesticides?

This campaign is linked to supporting the Farm to Fork Strategy’s target of 50% reduction of pesticide use in the EU by 2030 and ensuring governments set national target to contribute to the EU’s overall objective. In the meantime, the Commission is preparing the revision of the Sustainable Use of Pesticide Regulation (SUR) for which we expect a proposal on 22 June. Read more about this on our website.

What is Good Food Good Farming (GFGF)?

Since 2018, the coalition #GoodFoodGoodFarming is campaigning to stir up EU food and farming policies and make them greener and fairer. GFGF gathers citizens, activists, farmers, beekeepers, chiefs and many more demanding a sustainable transition of food production and agriculture, with a substantial reduction of the use of pesticides. In October 2022, GFGF will mobilise for the action days #GoodFoodGoodFarming which saw the participation of over 350 organisations and 181 events in many European countries during the last edition in 2021.

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