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Pesticide exports

The largest pesticide companies in Europe are selling toxic pesticides to third countries which are banned in the EU.

What’s the problem?

Highly toxic pesticides are prohibited for use in the EU due to their harmful effects on health and the environment. Nevertheless, European companies can legally produce, sell and export these hazardous substances to third countries. Communities there suffer from health damages and environmental destruction due to these pesticides. It is possible because of double standards, gaps, and loopholes in the EU regulation on pesticides. This is inacceptable! The health of people and animals and the environment in other countries matter as much as of people in Europe! 

Through the import of food that contains residues of these harmful substances, they also end up back on the plates of EU consumers. By not introducing stronger regulation against residues of these banned pesticides, the EU is failing to protect European consumers. 

What is the solution?

Europe has to stop the double standards and change the legislation on pesticides: If a substance is forbidden for use in the EU due to health or environmental risks, the production, sale and export of these products must be forbidden as well.

France has recently introduced a national law against such double standards, which will come into force in 2022. However, the industry lobby has so far successfully prevented regulation at EU level that tackle pesticide risks. One arm of the lobby is the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC) which in 2017 had the largest annual lobbying budget in Brussels – an enormous 12 million EUR.

What is foodwatch doing?

Bayer-Monsanto, BASF and Syngenta are making huge profits from exporting pesticides that are banned in the European Union. By selling these toxic products in third countries, the three companies bear responsibility for human rights violations and environmental damage. 

foodwatch has launched an international petition urging the companies to immediately stop the production, sale and export of these pesticides. Furthermore, foodwatch has called upon the European Commission for stronger regulation on pesticide exports to protect the environment and people – no matter where they live.