Nom i cognoms / Name and surname
Neus González Paradell
Afiliació / Affiliation
Laboratori de Toxicologia i Salut Ambiental (TecnATox) – IISPV
En quin programa de finançament europeu s’enmarca el teu projecte? / Which European funding programme does your project belong to?
EU support (FP7, H2020, etc.) other than MSCA
Títol del projecte / Project title
SPRINT: Sustainable Plant Protection Transition
Número del projecte / Project number
Breu explicació del projecte / Brief explanation of your project
Farming systems in Europe rely strongly on the use of Plant Protection Products (PPPs) to secure yields and food safety in plant production and animal husbandry, using an average 340,000-370,000 tons of active substances per year, as multiple PPP residues are commonly found in soil, water, crops, food and feed, animals and humans. Of the 487 substances approved in the EU market and combined in several thousand different commercial PPPs, almost 50% are bioaccumulative and 25% are persistent in soil. According to the Classification, Labelling and Packaging Regulation (CLP), 30% have a high acute aquatic toxicity and 28 are suspected carcinogens. These properties, among others, are potentially harmful to ecosystem, plant, animal and human (EPAH) Health.
However, data on the distribution of PPPs across European agricultural landscapes, that account for ecological and environmental variability, are scarce and fragmented. There is a need to harmonise data collection approaches across Europe and collect the critical data necessary to deliver integrated approaches to fully assess overall risks and impacts of PPP formulations, residues and their metabolites. Although a general framework for the sustainable use of PPPs is in place, the tools, methods and measures, especially those aimed at a global assessment of impacts, are lacking. Transdisciplinary assessments, using a global health approach which include cost-benefit (C-B) analysis (to reduce reliance on PPPs while safeguarding the competitiveness of EU agriculture), are necessary to define transition paths to more sustainable use of PPPs.
The overall aim of SPRINT is to develop, test, validate and deliver a Global Health Risk Assessment Toolbox for the integrated assessment of the impacts of PPPs on terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems (E), plant (P), animal (A) and human (H) health.
Enllaç a la pàgina web del projecte / Link to your project website
En quin repte s’emmarca el teu projecte? / What is the challenge of your project?
2. Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research, and the Bioeconomy