The 20th of March saw the start off the International Week Without Pesticides. The campaign, which started in France four years ago, aims to raise awareness of the risks to health and the environment poised by pesticides and to highlight alternative solutions.
With the continuing success of the French campaign, the movement expands to new countries throughout Europe every year. There are now actions and events taking place across Belgium, Macedonia, Hungary as well as parts of Africa, including Tunisia, Algeria, Mauritania and Togo to highlight the numerous alternatives to pesticide use.
Below is some more information about the French and Belgian campaigns. If you have news of actions in your country please let us know (send Gill an email firstname.lastname@example.org) .
The French campaign
The French week is coordinated by Action Citizen for Alternatives to Pesticides (ACAP), a network of 170 organisations coordinated by HEAL members, MDRGF. Over 600 events are planned over the ten days, and this year for the first time all regions of France will take part - with over 70 actions in Brittany, and 50 in PACA and Alsace.
The French campaign will focus on pesticide use in gardens, there will be workshops and visits to organic gardens. All the actions organised during the Week will be available on www.semaine-sans-pesticides.fr.
The Belgian Campaign
HEAL member, Pesticide Action Network Europe is organising a series of events in the Brussels, the Belgian Capital.
There will be a week-long exhibition during the European Economic and Social Committee showcasing alternative to pesticide use and good practice examples. HEALís Sick of Pesticides Campaign will also be exhibiting too. On Thursday 25th March, there will be a seminar on the future for integrated production, featuring speakers from the European Commission, industry and NGOs. This will be followed by a drinks reception, with cheese and honey tasting, an exhibition on integrated production, and the launch of a bee-friendly competition for Europeís farmers. For more information on the week in Brussels click here
The Wallonian region of Belgium are also running many events. They started the Week Without Pasticides back in 2008 and it has grown year on year. The 2010 week looks to jam-packed with events, seminars for schools and families. For more information about the Wallonie week click here.
Written on 23 March 2010.