Exposure to indoor insecticide sprays is much larger than via residues on food
April 19, 2018
Around 800 tons of household products to fight against insects are sold in Belgium every year. However, it appears that the indoor use of these insecticides could be more harmful for your health than initially thought. Commissioned by the Superior Health Council, professor Pieter Spanoghe of Ghent University (UGent) and some other experts investigated this matter. The main conclusions are that this way of exposure to pesticides is much higher than the intake by residues of crop protection products on fruit and vegetables. By using insecticide sprays and lice shampoo in your house, you get 100 to 1.000 times more chemical pesticides in your body. So you better think twice before you let your children play on a floor you have used ant powder on.
The first field excursion is a fact!
April 5, 2018
On Wednesday afternoon, May 22 delegates will have the possibility to register for a field excursion, combined with a site visit nearby. We can already announce you the first one, namely pcfruit npo, recognized as center of excellence in fruit research.
Regulatory joins science at IUPAC 2019
March 30, 2018
We are pleased to announce that the European Crop Protection Association (ECPA) 2019 Regulatory Conference will be organized in cooperation with IUPAC 2019.
"We need to work together and return to a scientific facts-based discussion. R&D and regulation are two sides of the same coin" - Jean-Philippe Azoulay, Director General of ECPA
Severe procedures ensure safe crop protection products
Oct. 31, 2017
‘Pesticides eradicate our bees’, ‘Glyphosate is carcinogenic’ and ‘Toxic pesticides cocktail is present on our fruit’. These are only a few of the blunt headlines concerning crop protection products. Is it rightful to fear these products or are they not as bad as people seem to think? Prof. Pieter Spanoghe from Ghent University and Maarten Trybou from the Federal Department of Public Health in Belgium give some guidance.
Some fact-based perspective on the influence of Monsanto on regulation
Sept. 27, 2017
Global agrochemical player Monsanto tampered with some research studies that had to proof the safety of the herbicide Roundup containing glyphosate. According to professor Pieter Spanoghe from Ghent University, the company only had a small influence on the final authorisation. More general education and transparent communication on the regulatory process of crop protection products would benefit everybody. That is why education is also the theme of a global crop protection conference he is organizing in 2019.
Education on crop protection is key for a more sustainable future
June 20, 2017
The International Symposium on Crop Protection (ISCP) at Ghent University yearly focuses on the latest innovations in crop protection. For the 69th edition many international universities and some industrial partners, like Eastman, Clariant & Bayer, were present to share their vision on the future of crop protection. All agreed that new technologies and further research on crop protection are crucial to obtain a more sustainable agriculture. Professor Pieter Spanoghe, the chair of this ISCP, adds education and proper training to that list. He will also organize the IUPAC 2019 global congress on crop protection that will come to Ghent in May 2019. This four-yearly event can be seen as the Olympics in crop protection. The theme will be education, because future researchers, farmers and the general public need to be properly educated globally on the science and use of crop protection.