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Learn about Pesticides with HBM4EU

It is known that pesticides can cause a variety of adverse health effects. The goal of HBM4EU’s is to provide scientific data to support policies, such as the Farm to Fork Strategy defined under European Green Deal, that will ultimately protect European citizens from chemicals such as pesticides.

Pesticides are intentionally used chemicals to combat pests, like insects, weeds or fungus from harming crops. Pesticides might include insecticides for controlling a wide variety of insects, herbicides for destroying weeds and other unwanted vegetation, nematicides to kill parasitic worms and fungicides to prevent the growth of fungus. Some insecticides are also used as biocides for controlling insects in households. The handling, dilution, mixing and application of pesticides exposes farmers and agricultural workers at the greatest. As consumers, we might get exposed through consumption of pesticide residues in food and, possibly, drinking water. The effects depend on the substance, the dose and the time of exposure.

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Video made in collaboration with UMIT – Private University for Health Sciences, Medical Informatics and Technology in Austria.

News | Join our online panel of experts on the exposure of pregnant women to mercury

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Insights from HBM4EU-Mom

Can human biomonitoring, combined with fish consumption advice to pregnant women, help control prenatal exposure to mercury?

As part of the on-going preparations for the second segment of the Minamata Convention on Mercury which will be held in Bali at the end of the month, HBM4EU has put together a panel of experts dedicated to the HBM-Mom study which focuses on reducing prenatal exposure to mercury via dietary advice for pregnant women in 5 European coastal countries.

List of speakers:

Dr. Andromachi Katsonouri, Ministry of Health, Cyprus
Dr. Spyros Karakitsios, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Dr. Catherine Gabriel, (HBM4EU-MOM in Greece)
Dr Marta Esteban López, (HBM4EU-MOM in Spain)
Dr Þórhallur Ingi Halldórsson, (HBM4EU-MOM in Iceland)
Dr Sónia Namorado, (HBM4EU-MOM in Portugal)
Prof Denis Sarigiannis, Panelist
Argelia Castaño Calvo, Panelist

Register via this link to learn more about the study and join us on Wednesday, 9th of March from 15:3016:30.