Joint open letter: Publication of the revision of the legislation on the sustainable use of pesticides, on 23 March 2022.

The war on Ukraine is being exploited by agroindustrial lobbies in the name of “food security” to push for the rolling back of European Green Deal objectives.

With more than 50 civic society organisations, we urge the Commission to show vision and moral conviction by :

Not postponing the muchneeded reform of the SUD;

Making sure that the reform is ambitious enough and contains strong legally binding
use reduction targets and other provisions in line with the civil society joint statement
on the revision of the SUD and ensuring that farmers are supported in this transition.

Making sure that all EU food and feed safety standards are upheld;

Standing by its commitment to the Farm to Fork and Biodiversity Strategies and
transitioning away from our current agricultural model and its reliance on external

We cannot let human catastrophes be instrumentalized to undermine Europe’s natural environment & the health of its citizens. It is unacceptable that the EU would postpone its regulation to reduce the use of pesticides.

Agroecology is the way to go!