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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.


The HBM4EU project was launched in 2016 with the aim of improving the collective understanding of human exposure to hazardous chemicals and developing HBM as an exposure assessment method. The project had €74m in funding and jointly implemented by 120 partners from 28 participating countries – 24 EU member states plus Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Israel and the European Environment Agency. One of its aims was to ensure the sustainability of HBM in the EU beyond 2021. The project ended in June 2022. The website will not be updated any longer, except the page on peer reviewed publications, but will be online until 2032.