Pesticide Action Week
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The 9th edition of the Pesticide Action Week is taking place from 20 to 30 March 2014. Around 40 national and international organisations from about 20 countries in Europe, Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East are partners for the event. New countries including Vietnam, Austria, Haiti, Portugal and Israel. Since the event is becoming global, campaign materials are available in French, English, Spanish and German as well as some in Arabic, Italian, Dutch and Hebrew.
In France, NGOs are talking to communities, as part of a new campaign called 0% phyto 100% bio, highlighting their own efforts to reduce or completely eliminate pesticide usage as well as efforts to promote organic farming, especially on a large scale. A dossier on endocrine disruptors for an international poster campaign named Stop EDs is launched. In Belgium, there is an art competition in schools and a photography competition for the general public. In Israel, a public lecture about the effects of pesticides is organised. At the European Parliament in Brussels, a seminar and public debate with testimonies from pesticide victims are held, with support from international NGOs and MEPs. Many other local and national events are being organised too.
The Pesticide Action Week is an annual event, open to everyone, with the aim to promote alternatives to pesticides. The campaign takes place during the first ten days of every spring when usually the spreading of pesticides resumes. The public is invited to get better informed about the sanitary and environmental challenges caused by pesticides and learn more about possible alternatives by taking part in one of the organised activities like conferences, panel discussions, film shows, workshops, open days at organic farms, information stands, exhibitions, shows, and others. More information is available here.