Management of Pesticide Residues in Organic Products IFOAM Organics Europe Position Paper

In Europe (and worldwide), we currently largely rely on conventional agricultural systems, in which synthetic pesticides and other agrochemical products are allowed and applied. The discussion on pesticide residues must be situated in this context. Organic production does not allow the use of synthetic pesticides, artificial fertilizers or any herbicides. However, their widespread use by the majority of farmers creates an omnipresent risk of contamination in the whole food supply chain.

Studio FIBL: Quale impatto ha la contaminazione ambientale da pesticidi sulla catena alimentare biologica?

Un'analisi del FiBL Svizzera sull'attuale letteratura scientifica ha dimostrato che i pesticidi sono ampiamente presenti nel suolo, nell'acqua e nell'aria e hanno il potenziale di contaminare i prodotti biologici. Queste vie di contaminazione devono essere tenute in considerazione quando si indaga sulla presenza di residui di pesticidi.

Presence of pesticides in the environment, transition into organic food, and implications for quality assurance along the European organic food chain – A review

The use of synthetic pesticides is not allowed in organic production, but traces of synthetic pesticides are regularly detected in organic food. To safeguard the integrity of organic production, organic certifiers are obliged to investigate the causes for pesticide residues on organic food, entailing high costs to the organic sector.