EU Groups Look to Ban Synthetic Pesticides by 2035

In one of the harshest attacks on traditional crop protection, several European activist groups are pushing for a total ban on synthetic pesticides by 2035.

In an article from, the anti-pesticide groups want synthetic pesticides phased out by 2035 over fears that biodiversity, crucial to food production, is under threat.


The European citizen’s initiative (ECI) launched on 25 November is looking to collect 1 million signatures by September 2020, which would require the European Commission and the European Parliament will have to address the issue, according to the EUObserver The initiative calls for an 80% reduction in the use of pesticides in Europe in 2030, starting with the most dangerous ones, and their total elimination in 2035.