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Pesticides

Very interesting contributions from the Group’s agro-ecological studies (GEA), when he says, that the review process of all authorised pesticides and in use before 1992, envisaged an initial 12-year horizon. This deadline has been exceeded and extended to 2008. Initially, and until 2001 were recorded 834 existing pesticides, which were classified in 4 lists based on your usage and dangerousness. In April 2005, the figure had increased to 984 without explanation in the monitoring reports. Schedules 1 and 2 (with 90 and 149 substances respectively) contained the most worrying pesticides, greater use or those for which the industry said to facilitate quickly the dossiers containing their own assessment of toxicity and ecotoxicity. The revision of these pesticides should be completed in 2003. But in March 2006, were still 11 substances pending conclude the assessment in the most priority list and 50 in the second list. The 3rd and 4th list work will still more backward this means that such substances are still being used, even when they should have been banned.

This is the case of endosulfan, considered a potent endocrine disruptor and that accumulates in soil, air, greenhouse plastic, water and food, passing blood and fatty tissue. The relationship of endosulfan with breast cancer and malformations in the male reproductive tract in children and babies exposed has been widely documented. Also in Spain, one of the main consumers of endosulfan in the EU. These investigations should have been sufficient to ban endosulfan in order to prevent new cases and protect the health of the population. The first report of the Commission on the revision of existing substances, provided for the withdrawal of some 500 substances. However, until March 2006 only had been withdrawn 370, of which twenty have obtained authorization for essential uses. With full authorization contained some very disturbing substances. This is the case of the herbicide Paraquat.