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pesticide action week

REPORT BY DR ANNE MORRIS, ICJW CHAIR, ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Every year from 20th- 30th March, Pesticide Action Week takes place. Run by French organisation Generations Futures, it aims to:
• Raise awareness about the health and environmental risks of pesticides
• Highlight alternative solutions
• Build a global grassroots movement for a pesticide-free world.

The campaign also seeks to raise awareness of the risks to biodiversity, and promote organic gardening, agriculture and organic food, During Pesticide Action Week, hundreds of different events take place around the world. These include conferences, film festivals, open days, organic cooking classes, exhibitions, workshops, farmers’ markets. The Slow Food Movement is one group organising such activities.

2016 marks the eleventh year of this international event, and this year’s campaign is dedicated to raising awareness of the impacts of pesticides on our health.

Pesticides impact on all of us through the food we eat, the water we drink, the air we breathe and the products used in our environment and household. Vulnerable groups such as pregnant women and children are especially at risk from the poisons in our environment.

ICJW affiliates can become involved by joining or organising events in your own area. Even small actions can have an impact. Whatever is organised, it should aim to inform people about the dangers associated with pesticides and promote alternatives.