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Sustainable Plant Protection Transition: A global health approach (SPRINT)

Sustainable Plant Protection Transition: A global health approach (SPRINT)

The Farm to Fork Strategy, launched on 20 May 2020, aims to improve the sustainability of EU food and farming systems, thus also increasing their resilience to crises such as Covid-19. A key element of the strategy are quantified EU pesticide reduction targets: to reduce the overall use and risk of chemical pesticides by 50% and the use of more hazardous pesticides by 50% by 2030. Moreover, goals are set for at least 25% of EU agricultural land to be under organic farming management by 2030, that no chemical pesticides be used in sensitive areas such as EU urban green areas, and the decline of pollinators be reversed. 

The next few years will be crucial for turning these targets into practical action. SPRINT, as a 'Horizon 2020 project' starting in September 2020, will contribute to achieving these targets. As part of the SPRINT consortium, Ecologic Institute will be leading the work on developing transition pathways towards more sustainable plant protection.

SPRINT will conduct multi-disciplinary research to:

  • Develop, test, validate and deliver a Global Health Risk Assessment Toolbox for the integrated assessment of the impacts of pesticides on terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems as well as on plant, animal and human health. Three main attributes for health status will be examined: resilience, reproduction/productivity and manifestation of diseases.
  • Harmonise data collection approaches across Europe and collect the critical data needed to inform integrated approaches to fully assess overall risks and impacts of pesticide formulations, residues and metabolites.
  • Assess the environmental and economic sustainability of alternative strategies to pesticide use.
  • Develop transition pathways towards more sustainable plant protection in a multi-actor approach

If you are interested in engaging with the work on developing transition pathways, please contact Dr. Ana Frelih-Larsen.

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European Commission, Directorate-General Research & Innovation (DG Research & Innovation)
Wageningen University (Wageningen UR), Netherlands
Land Quality Management (LQM), United Kingdom
University of Bern (UniBE), Switzerland
Aarhus University (AU), Denmark
Radboud University Nijmegen (Radboud University), Netherlands
University of Aveiro (UA), Portugal
Utrecht University (UU), Netherlands
University of Gloucestershire (UoG), United Kingdom
Wageningen University & Research Centre, Food Safety Research, Netherlands
Ministerio de Agricultura, Ganadería y Pesca, Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria (INTA), Argentina
Ministry of Science and Innovation, Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas (CIEMAT), Spain
Masaryk University (MU), Czech Republic
University College Cork (UCC), Ireland {Republic}
University of Antwerp, Laboratory of Pathophysiology, Belgium
September 2020 to August 2025
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