EU-US trade deal threatens looser pesticide regulation- Lynn Boylan MEP

‘…pesticide regulations in the EU would be weakened…’

Sligo News File Online.

Sinn Féin Dublin MEP Lynn Boylan has commented on the latest report from the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) illustrating how the EU-US trade deal threatens to lower standards of protection from toxic pesticides.

Speaking today Ms Boylan said:

“This report from CIEL outlines how pesticide regulations in the EU would be weakened under the proposed Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) Agreement and its findings should alarm anyone worried about the toxic and harmful effect of pesticides on food production and on the environment.

According to the report pesticide lobby groups both in Europe and the US are suggesting that, in order to increase trade, TTIP should adopt lower standards of protection from toxic pesticides, like the standards currently in place in the US.

The problem is that this approach would lead to a reintroduction of these banned pesticides in the EU and would also permit the use of carcinogens, increase the amount of toxic pesticides allowed in food sold to consumers and would side track efforts to regulate endocrine (hormone) disrupting chemicals (EDCs).

To emphasise the risk posed by acquiescing to the lobby group demands, the study includes a list of 82 toxic pesticides, which are banned in the EU but allowed for use in the US.

This CIEL study highlights how TTIP needs to viewed as a whole and not just as a mechanism for enhancing trade between Europe and the US. The consequences of implementing this agreement as it stands are far reaching. Attention must be paid to the detail now in order to avoid the potential detrimental impacts on the environment and on EU consumer health.”