Every spring, Pesticide Action Week (March 20-30) aims to raise awareness of the negative effects of pesticides, promote alternatives and build a global movement to fight for a pesticide-free world. Now in its 11th year, the international event run by French organization Générations Futures takes place in the first ten days of spring when pesticide use normally resumes. This year, the event will focus on the negative effects of pesticides on our health.
The issue of pesticides and their alternatives remains a central issue in health, agricultural and environmental arenas and continues to mobilize people across the world. All of us are exposed directly or indirectly to pesticides simply via the food we eat, the water we drink, the air we breathe and the products we use for gardening and in the household. Pesticides risk having a serious impact on our environment and health, with vulnerable groups such as pregnant women and children especially at risk.
During Pesticide Action Week, citizens, associations, farmers, companies, teachers and local governments organize hundreds of different events: conferences, film festivals, open days, organic cooking classes, exhibitions, workshops, farmers’ markets, organic meals and more to mark the occasion.
You too can get involved by organizing an event in your own area – big or small, every action counts! All events should aim to inform the public about the dangers associated with pesticides and promote alternatives. The more people participate, the louder the message will be. In the 2015 edition, there were over a thousand grassroots events organized in more than 20 countries – with your contribution, 2016 can be even bigger.
This year Slow Food and the University of Gastronomic Sciences (UNISG) are also getting involved. We will hold a conference entitled Our Daily Poison, and hear from three experts in the field: Gianluigi Salvador of PAN (Pesticide Action Network) Italy; Francesco Panella, President of UNAAPI (Italy’s national union of beekeeping associations); and Paola Migliorini, Assistant Professor of Agronomy and Plant Production Systems at UNISG.