During our recent plenary meeting in Ljubljana, Slovenia, we met with Toni Kukenberger, an organic dairy farmer. In this video, he explains how his farm became organic and transitioned away from pesticide reliance. He provides advice for other farmers considering doing the same and shares insights about his farming enterprise which produces milk, cheese and yoghurt.

 

Our SPRINT Work Package leaders explaining briefly their workpackages.




In the Dutch TV show Eenvandaag, an item about plant protection products (pesticides) Paul Scheepers (SKU) and Violette Geissen (WU) were interviewed about the SPRINT project. 

What the mix of the many agents do to us and to the environment is still barely known. The NVWA is working with RIVM to develop a method to measure the "cocktail effect" of pesticides. The European Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (EFSA) has also recently presented an action plan for this, but specific research is lacking.

Research being carried out at the universities of Wageningen and Nijmegen is therefore awaited with great interest. In this so-called SPRINT research, researchers are looking at the effects of the combination of substances. "It is difficult to predict the behavior of mixtures. You have to test what those mixtures do and that is what we are going to look at more closely in SPRINT," says Paul Scheepers, toxicologist at Radboud UMC.

 

This explainer video introduces viewers to the EU-H2020 funded SPRINT project. The aim of the project is to develop a Global Health Risk Assessment Toolbox to assess the impacts of Plant Protection Products (PPPs) on the environment and human health. We will then use this to inform regulators and help farmers/landowners transition towards more sustainable pesticide use.

The online show Food For Thought, discusses the impact of our food chain on soil health and biodiversity. When it comes to food health, we are usually talking about the health of ourselves, the consumer. Often disregarding the health of soil and environment, while it also directly and indirectly affects our health. In short, if we take good care of the soil, the soil also takes good care of us.

Soil ecologist Paula Harkes - from Wageningen University - was invited to talk about the SPRINT project. A project about the influence of pesticides on human, plant, animal and environmental health. "It is too easy and also not working when you state that crop protection products have to be cut by 50%, without doing anything else. We have to find tools, based on scientific measurements, to farmers and consumers to be able to make a transition towards more sustainable use of pesticides together" You can view the episode below. SPRINT is the first item adressed (in Dutch).