In the video below, Violette Geissen (Project coordinator of SPRINT) outlines the aims and goals of the EU-funded SPRINT project.

We're currently working on producing a toolbox that will assess the human and environmental health risks associated with pesticide use. Anke Huss from the University of Utrecht is giving a small introduction about the toolbox.


Did you know that all SPRINT videos can be watched here?

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.

We also spoke with Gregor Zabukovec, an organic livestock farmer in Slovenia gives an overview of why they decided to transition away from pesticide use and into organic farming. He also shares advice for farmers considering a similar transition and explains how the government could better support sustainable farming.


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.

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.