Poisons Beware

Poisons Beware

Insect Spraying Pros and Cons

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For several years, the local councils of Jelsa, Stari Grad and Hvar have routinely sprayed the streets against mosquitoes, flies and other 'flying pests'. Is this a good thing?

Insecticides In The Air

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The practice of spraying the roads with insecticides in the summertime is potentially harmful and needs urgent review.

Pesticides: cause for alarm

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From October 1st 2016, the sale of Roundup (Croatian Cidokor) and 11 other similar glyphosate-based herbicides was banned in the European Union. The ban should serve as a wake-up call to all users, supporters and promoters of pesticides.

Can we do without chemical pesticides?

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Are there alternatives to using chemical pesticides? Yes, of course.

Are you still using pesticides?

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It's time to wise up! Look around, what's happening?

A pestilence of poisons

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Pesticides safe? Pull the other one, it's got bells on!

Poisons Fit For Eating?

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The manufacturers have claimed that the herbicide Roundup, whose active ingredient is glyphosate, is "safe enough to drink", and many people are naive enough to believe this.

Rat poison: time to think again

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Just as the use of insecticides does not solve a mosquito problem, vermin are not controlled by repeated use of poisons.

Glyphosate herbicides, scientific evidence

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An overview of the scientific evidence for claims that glyphosate-based herbicides are or are not safe.

Glyphosate: EU draft Motion, ENF Group

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A draft Motion prepared for the EU Parliamentary Committe for the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety in March 2016.

Glyphosate: EU draft Motion, March 2016

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Draft Motion for a Resolution prepared for the EU Parliamentary Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, March 2016

Glyphosate, EU, Tragedy in the Making

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When the World Health Organization defined Glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans”, it should have put an immediate stop to the sale and use of Glyphosate-based herbicides.

Glyphosate and the EU 2015 - 2016

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Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup and many other herbicides, was discussed in the EU Parliament on December 1st 2015.

Green MEPs 'pissed off'

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The Green Group of the European Parliament organized urine tests for the herbicide glyphosate on 48 volunteer MEPs. 

Insect spraying: rethink needed

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The campaign to eliminate mosquitoes through routine insect spraying is not working! And it's dangerous. We at Eco Hvar are asking for change.

Insect spraying: the campaign

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Because we at Eco Hvar are very concerned about the shortcomings of the mosquito liquidation programme on Hvar and around Croatia, we have petitioned the Minister for Health to re-consider the methods used.

Insect spraying: save the bees!

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A bee sting can cause a severe allergic reaction in a vulnerable person. Under current Croatian law, insects which cause allergic reactions must be subjected to an annual programme of suppression.

Insect spraying: the 'fogging' practice

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Would I find myself driving home through a mist of toxic chemicals if I caught the 20:30 ferry back from Split? That was the question on 27th September 2017. The insect suppression 'fogging' action was to take place in the Jelsa region, starting at 10pm and lasting until 4am the following morning.

Insect spraying calls for change

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Our request to Croatian local and national authorities to review the insect suppression programme has produced a lamentable response so far. It's hard getting the message across, but we will keep trying.

Pest Control and Responsibility

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After several years of research, we are still waiting for a responsible reaction to our concerns about the current national policy of pest control in Croatia.

Pesticides, Laws and Permits

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Pesticide regulation, registers, laws. We provide a guide to the systems governing them, with an overview of some of the many problems arising from pesticide use.
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