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Pesticides and our Health

Publication | 12 May, 2015 at 11:00

Since 1950 the human population has doubled, yet the area of arable land used to feed these people has increased by only 10%. There are huge pressures to provide food, at low cost, on land that is becoming more and more degraded as nutrients are...

Those who produce our food suffer the most

Blog entry by Kirsten Thompson | 12 May, 2015 2 comments

How pesticides affect farmers' and our health. At Greenpeace we have been campaigning against the use of chemical pesticides in agriculture for a long time. Not only because they are not necessary for food production, in fact...

Europe's Pesticide Addiction

Publication | 13 October, 2015 at 10:00

Europe's dependency on chemical pesticides is nothing short of an addiction. Crops are routinely doused with a variety of chemicals, usually applied multiple times to single crops throughout the whole growing season. Industrial agriculture, with...

Nobel laureates sign letter on Greenpeace ‘Golden’ rice position - statement

Press release | 30 June, 2016 at 15:50

Manila, 30 June 2016 - A number of Nobel laureates have recently signed a letter calling on Greenpeace to review its position on genetically engineered ‘Golden’ rice. In response, Wilhelmina Pelegrina, Campaigner at Greenpeace Southeast Asia, said:

Confessions of a frustrated "soil-hugger"

Blog entry by Professor David Powlson | 28 August, 2015

As a soil scientist you would expect me to be enthusiastic about the benefits that soil gives to humanity and very happy that the United Nations designated 2015 as International Year of Soils. During this year there have been numerous...

Less meat, better for everyone

Blog entry by Elena Danali | 4 November, 2015 2 comments

The recent announcement from the World Health Organisation (WHO) which classified processed meat as a carcinogenic and red meat as "probably carcinogenic" (similar to Glyphosate in Roundup) shows that the amount and the frequency...

Victories in Mexico for healthy food

Blog entry by Aleira Lara | 24 October, 2015

Let me share some good news! So far 2015 has been a promising year for our campaign for healthy food in Mexico. This doesn't mean that everything related to food and agriculture is now perfect in Mexico… far from it! However, I am now...

How our breakfast choice can change the food system

Blog entry by Reyes Tirado | 18 May, 2015 2 comments

8:00 am, Monday, southern Spain: "What's for breakfast, Mom?" Everyday, at least three times a day, we are faced with the same question: What to eat? For almost 1 billion people in the world this is a painful question, with an...

Greenpeace campaign bears fruits: Aldi Süd bans bee-harming pesticides

Press release | 18 January, 2016 at 13:41

Hamburg/Amsterdam, 18 January 2016 – Aldi Süd is the first big retailer in Europe to ban eight bee-harming pesticides from domestic fruits and vegetables produced for their markets.

On the shiny trail of snails

Blog entry by Christiane Huxdorff and Christine Gebeneter | 3 August, 2015

Everybody knows those little not invited guests in our gardens. Snails and their relatives – slugs. How to get rid of them? Especially with some warm and wet weather periods they show up en masse and feed themselves from the...

Silo restaurant: Pre-industrial food and "food interception"

Blog entry by Iza Kruszewska | 26 June, 2015

What's that about you may well ask? That's the same question I asked myself when I visited their website. So I decided to check it out. Walking into Silo, I'm greeted by a table laden with sourdough sandwiches stuffed with...

Europe's pesticide addiction threatens our environment - Greenpeace report

Press release | 13 October, 2015 at 10:00

Hamburg/Amsterdam, 13 October 2015 – Industrial agriculture, with its heavy use of chemical pesticides, pollutes our water and soil and leads to loss of habitats and biodiversity, according to a Greenpeace report published today [1]. With almost...

Greenpeace report reveals farmers are the most vulnerable to health risks from pesticides

Press release | 12 May, 2015 at 13:37

Exeter/Hamburg, 12 May, 2015 – A review of scientific literature shows clear evidence that exposure to certain pesticides, currently allowed in European fields, is associated with different forms of cancer, neurodegenerative diseases such as...

5 reasons you should support the Monsanto Tribunal

Blog entry by Angelica Pago | 13 October, 2016 1 comment

A symbolic trial being held in The Hague, Netherlands this week could shape the future of the food we eat. Agrochemical giant, Monsanto, faces people who have suffered from the corporation's approach to agriculture. Communities...

Why are there pesticides in our eggs?

Blog entry by Christiane Huxdorff and Davin Hutchins | 11 August, 2017 1 comment

In case you missed the news this week, here’s what we know so far: during the first week in August, the Dutch food safety authority (NWMA) announced that they discovered tens of thousands of eggs contaminated with fipronil - a toxic...

Research shows switching to organic food can reduce pesticide levels in urine

Press release | 19 December, 2016 at 5:29

Tokyo, 19 December 2016 - Traces of pesticides in urine have been found to decrease significantly among people, particularly children, who moved from a conventional to an organic diet. The findings come from a study involving two Japanese...

Great news for bees - time to say goodbye to fipronil! #SOSbees

Blog entry by Luís Ferreirim | 30 September, 2017 1 comment

It’s party time for bees and other species, because, starting today, the chemical pesticide fipronil can’t be used anymore in agriculture across Europe. Fipronil is a common pesticide used in agriculture and sparked an international...

Greenpeace demands scale up of ecological farming

Press release | 18 May, 2015 at 15:30

Amsterdam, 18 May, 2015 – Ecological farming, a path towards an agricultural model that protects the environment and secures farmers' livelihood, has been mapped out in a Greenpeace report released today [1]. It is a system based on the latest...

When industrial food fails us, it's time to change the food system

Blog entry by Alessandro Saccoccio | 11 May, 2015 6 comments

The current food system is broken. We all see how industrial and chemical intensive food production impacts on people and farmers, the planet and animals. For example, did you know that in 2007, 269 tonnes of pesticides were used...

3 plant-based recipes you need to try this World Meat Free Day

Blog entry by Dawn Bickett | 7 June, 2016

Next Monday is World Meat Free Day , a great time for all of us to stop and think about the impact of our eating habits on our health – and the health of the planet . Animal agriculture in particular leaves a huge mark on the...

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