The crop protection industry equips farmers with tools to protect their crops from pests and diseases; when used correctly, pesticides are a safe solution for agricultural productivity.
The European Crop Protection Association (ECPA) is committed to safeguarding the health of farmers and the public by introducing innovative technologies and promoting best safe-use practices. Establishing key stakeholder partnerships and positioning the crop protection industry as a reliable partner is essential to ECPA. The European Crop Protection Association will work in an open, transparent and proactive way on best practices for health which aim to further ensure the responsible, safe and sustainable use of pesticides.
Through the delivery of four key health related projects ECPA aims to further demonstrate the crop protection industry’s commitment to safeguarding the health of farmers and to stewardship by promoting and enhancing safe and sustainable practices.
SAFE AND SUSTAINABLE USE INITIATIVES
The focus of this project is to enhance the responsible, safe and sustainable use of pesticides in Europe. Professional practices are key to effective management of risks when pesticides are used. We are establishing essential stakeholder partnerships to raise awareness and provide training and advice to pesticide users, distributors and advisers.
This project encourages container management across Europe; supporting the uptake of best practices in the collection, disposal and recycling of appropriately rinsed pesticide containers.
Epidemiology is the study of the patterns, causes, and effects of health and disease in defined populations; epidemiological studies inform policy decisions and evidence-based medicine. ECPA is creating an independent advisory board on epidemiology in order to provide scientific advice on the use of epidemiology in better understanding the potential long term impacts of pesticides on health.
To improve the uptake and pass-on of best management practices for health, ECPA is to conduct training for company Sales and Marketing staff on health related issues and the safe and sustainable use of pesticides.