Since the year 2008, the Ouni Pestiziden (without pesticides) campaign informs the public of the harmful impact that pesticides have on our environment and promotes the use of harmless alternatives. This years slogan: "It's your choice! Less poison, more biodiversity – a life without pesticides!», the campaign invites municipalities, citizens and companies to take part in the pesticide action week from 20th to 30th March 2017.
Numerous studies point out the dangers of pesticides for our health and environment. As a matter of fact, pesticides aren't biodegradable, they accumulate in the ground and water and eventually end up in the food chain. The campaign Ouni Pestiziden is fighting the use of these products to increase the well-being of the population and the environment of the Grand Duchy.
The farms aren't the only ones to use pesticides as insecticides (fight against insects), herbicides (fight against weeds), fungicides (fight against fungal infestation) molluscicides (fight against snails) or others. Indeed, about 82-90% of households use at least 3 types of pesticides, mainly insecticides. Regarding the public sector, it has committed itself to restore the biodiversity by forbidding the use of pesticides in public areas since January 1st.
"A day without pesticides"
The pesticide action week is the opportunity for the municipality of Junglinster to invite to the pesticide free day (En Dag ouni Pestiziden). On March 25th, the Minister for the Environment, Carole Dieschbourg, will kick off a series of conferences and workshops around the theme "pesticides, risks and alternatives". Experts will explain how to do gardening and eat pesticide free and specialists will present a report on the effects of pesticides on agriculture, drinking water and the human body.
The campaign is organised by numerous actors of the Luxembourg environmental protection sector, such as the Ëmweltberodung Lëtzebuerg (EBL), natur&ëmwelt, Gaard an Heem, the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Infrastructure (Nature and Forestry Administration, Administration of Water management and the Department of the Environment), Naturpark Mëllerdall or SuperDrecksKëscht.
(article written by the editorial team of the portal luxembourg.lu)