02 avril 2008
Ce nouveau panneau fera bientôt son apparition sur les routes de France, pour indiquer la présence... de produits viticoles.
Les anti-vins y verront bien sûr l'annonce d'un danger: "attention, chûte de raisins".
30 mars 2008
La réaction des institutions agricoles à l'étude de PAN dévoilée voici quelques jours ne s'est pas fait attendre. Réponse du berger à la bergère, puisque aux écologistes répondent des organisations de protection des récoltes, et aux parlementaires européens d'autres parlementaires européens.
Voici donc les arguments développés par la défense des pesticides, ou à tout le moins, par la défense du statu quo (en anglais, désolé):
General Confederation of Agricultural Co-operatives in the EU
The study presented on Wednesday is not representative of the European wine sector. Pekka PESONEN, Secretary General of COPA-COGECA, said: “It is highly questionable how representative a sample of 40 bottles is, when the EU wine sector produces an average of 184 million hectolitres per year. The only traces of plant protection products in sampled bottles were found to be authorized products. What is more, they remained significantly below what has been scientifically assessed to be safe.”
It is in the interest of the European wine sector to prevent the presence of harmful substances in its products, to respect European legislation on phytosanitary products (legal limits, etc) and to lobby for the withdrawal of any carcinogen, mutagen and other health damaging pesticides from the food chain.
The Secretary General concluded: “The alarm raised by this report will only fill consumers with fear and is completely unjustified, inappropriate and irresponsible.”
Christa Klass, MEP
“All the substances tested by PAN are legal and authorised. The residues values found in the 40 wines are well below the levels that can cause health concerns. Before “cutting-off” substances we need scientific proof that these are bad. General judgements by the Greens are pure populism at the expense of the consumers who become insecure and are misguided.”
Responding to this report, Dr Friedhelm Schmider, Director General of the European Crop Protection Association (ECPA) said:
“Drinking wine poses no health risk for European consumers with respect to pesticide residues. The European wine industry is extremely successful – in fact, the EU is the largest producer in the world, responsible for 60% of worldwide wine production. This success is based on a number of factors – not least heritage, quality, affordability and safety. Our industry is proud to contribute to this success. Wine grapes are a sensitive crop, and growers need to protect their vineyards from pests and disease – particularly with the anticipated impacts of climate change. Pesticides provide the tools necessary to protect wine grapes, often complementing available organic methods.”
“The PAN report confuses detection of residues with exceeding limits. Both the use of pesticides and monitoring of residues are very carefully controlled by independent scientists. Maximum residue levels are set well below levels that could cause a risk to humans, to build in a substantial safety margin. Widely practiced responsible use by growers, which the industry actively promotes, and rigorous testing means that only a tiny percentage of wine grapes (0.3% in one recent study) exceed limits – and none are remotely near levels that could be dangerous to human health. Put simply, there are no recorded incidences of health problems from residues in wine.”
“Campaigners in favour of a ban on pesticides should fully consider the implications – on our wine industry, and European agriculture more generally. Maintaining a key European industry and growing enough safe, affordable fresh produce locally is surely the most important thing.”
Rut Rey, Junior Consultant