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1 A move to a sustainable supply chain, a win for all. Hans Muilerman, Henriette Christensen, PAN Europe

2 32 not-for-profit members in 19 European countries Bring together mainly health, environmental & consumer organizations Working to replace use of hazardous pesticides with ecologically sound alternatives Goal of productive + sustainable farming (IP), minimizing agrochemical inputs & adverse health & environmental impacts Extended network in Brussels (Commission, Parliament, Council) where we successfully lobbied the pesticide package Who we are & what we do

3 Food is pleasure and fun

4 ……….. but what about reality?

5 The PAN-Europe message to you is: There is still a big gap between consumer expectations on food growing/food quality and the reality in the supply chain We advise you to try to bridge this gap more (we see great opportunities); a real change is needed Moving to a higher level of food sustainability could even be more profitable for all in the chain

6 Examples of a real change can be observed in the market

7 Reality (1), what about the environment ? (Eurostat 2006)

8 Reality (2), actual MRLs exceeding health standards (EFSA opinion 2008) Active substanceNumber of MRLs lowered Maximum factor lowered MRL Methomyl3850 Methamidophos350 Fenarimol325 Oxydemeton-methyl710 Pirimiphos-methyl14100 Procymidon20500 Carbendazim85 Fenamiphos115 Ethephon4100 Benfuracarb510 Vinclozolin30800

9 Reality (3), low doses unsafe for the unborn (many scientific studies in literature) Effect 1: Developmental neurotoxicity: Adverse effects for doses ranging from 0,05-1 ppm (cf. residue detection limit same range) Examples: Chlorpyriphos, Carbaryl, Diazinon, Aldicarb Effect 2: Endocrine disruption: Adverse effects for doses ranging from 0,01-1 ppm (cf. residue detection limit same range) Examples: Quinalphos, Trifluralin, ETU/mancozeb Effect 3: Combination toxicity: Adverse effects of ppm-range combined Examples: group Organophosphates, group Triazines, group Endocrine Disrupting chemicals.

10 New rounds, new opportunities EU decided in 2009 to a system-change in crop production to IPM (pesticide package) EU-member states to implement this obligation in 2014 for every farmer through National Action Plans Revision CAP-money: could it be connected to IP? Global GAP discussing implementing IPM in the certification system Many retailers adopt own policy on residues and supple chain management

11 Supply chain analysis; topics for improvement FARMERS TRADERS RETAILERS CONSUMERS Not feeling enough respected for their achievements or not paid enough Professional skills not fully used (chain management, IP) Stuck in a never ending price war and having only limited consumer trust Having the uncomfortable feeling not being in control of the food they are buying; worries about risks

12 PAN proposal Move to a higher level of performance on IP (Global GAP+) and residues: no price competition with standard products anymore for those retailers choosing to use this higher level of performance; Chain leader (retail) to send a clear message to other chain parties: real IP-products will be rewarded; Best farmers and best traders for the job identified (dedicated IP-chain) Communicate better products to the consumer (and earn more) Joint lobby to connect CAP-money to real IP-farmers

13 How we see this change happen 1.More consumer trust by more sustainable, healthy, residue-free and traceble/regional products 2.Premium products for a higher consumer price 3.Best & innovative retailers take the lead and design real IP-chains, offering IP-products 4.Reward and inspire IP-farmers (respect, pay more, CAP-money) 5.NGOs could help convincing consumers

14 On technics change needed: IP ladder Example potatoes Step 1: wide crop rotation Step 2: mechanical weeding Step 4: use decision-support Step 3: resistant varieties Step 7: use plant strenghteners PHASE I: IP PHASE II: Residue control, best by prevention

15 NGOs could actually help on consumer trust

16 Conclusion: 1.Change is possible: Better, healthier and more sustainable products can be put on the market 2.If we help convincing consumers choosing for real IP-products you could get a premium 3.More value for the complete supply chain (and more fun) 4.More trust from society on activities in the supply chain 5.Our CAP-campaign to connect Brussels legislation and money to a sustainable and healthy supply chain is useful for creating IP-chains

17 Great opportunities out there, but ….. Who takes the challenge? –(PAN-Europe is ready for it!)

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