Invitation to online press conference: Conventional and organic pesticides compared

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Organic farming is not what it claims to be. Organic farmers also spray poisons - and not too sparingly. Moreover, they claim that active substances approved for organic farming are as toxic as chemical-synthetic pesticide active substances. This is what the advocates of industrial agriculture claim. The EU Commission has proposed a 50% reduction of pesticides in agriculture, and with the European Citizens' Initiative "Save Bees and Farmers" more than 1 million Europeans are calling for an end to chemical pesticides. The negative impacts of chemical pesticide use on the environment, biodiversity and health have increasingly become the focus of European policy in recent years. The European Commission has presented an important legislative proposal for EU pesticide reduction (Sustainable Use Regulation - SUR). Against this background, the reputation-damaging attacks on the use of pesticides in organic agriculture are also on the rise.

Time for a fact check! We cordially invite you to the press conference on the exciting comparison of pesticide active substances approved for conventional and organic agriculture.

The experts:

  • Helmut Burtscher-Schaden, biochemist of GLOBAL 2000 presents the results of a new peer reviewed study (Burtscher-Schaden/Durstberger/Zaller, 2022) on the toxicological comparison of pesticide active substances approved for conventional and organic agriculture in Europe,
  • Lili Balogh, President of Agroecology Europe and farmer will report on preventive and natural measures in plant protection,
  • Jennifer Lewis, Director of IBMA (biocontrol manufacturers) will present the possibilities for conventional farmers to use biocontrol substances and IPM as alternatives to synthetic pesticides & the need for a faster registration process of natural/biocontrol substances,
  • Jan Plagge, President of IFOAM Organics Europe will frame the paper’s results in the context of political strategies for EU pesticide reduction and strengthening organic farming to ensure the productivity of our agriculture for the next generations.

Looking forward to seeing you

February 23rd, 2023 from  9:00 AM to 10:00 AM