The IPM Coalition launches online database to accelerate the elimination of highly hazardous pesticide use throughout the world
The Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN) and other eight international sustainability organizations launched www.ipm-coalition.org, an online pesticide database available to farmers for free to support them in eliminating the use of highly hazardous pesticides.
With the SAN input, the IPM Coalition has built a compelling pesticide database for farmers and technical decision-makers of pesticide use that is public and user-friendly. Developed with the support of the ISEAL Innovations Fund, www.ipm-coalition.org offers information on more than 600 pesticides, their hazardous attributes and the different restrictions set by the standard of each coalition member.
The database is accessible by English-speaking users with technical knowledge (including specialized auditors and producers), who can consult different pesticides standard schemes, and the human and environmental hazards of an active ingredient.
During the last years, sustainability organizations under the ISEAL Alliance have been discussing the best way to join forces on the pesticides front. While pesticides help control pests and diseases, they also represent a risk to people using them, final consumers of agricultural products and their surrounding ecosystems.
SAN’s commitment with elimination of dangerous pesticides and proper use of necessary substances is reflected in its participation in the IPM Coalition but also in the joint work with the Integrated Plant Protection Center (IPPC) of the Oregon State University.
“Thanks to the effective collaboration of nine sustainability standard organizations, technicians of farms and forest management units now can easily access a comprehensive information package about pesticides’ toxicity risks and the status of certain active ingredients of eight different sustainability standards on one webpage. Users can search for specific pesticides or choose to display the information of one or several regulatory systems or toxicity categories in a custom-made way. Farms or forests planning to implement one or several standards will be able to access the set of pesticide requirements they need to comply with only a few clicks. The initiative is an important tool to transparently clarify the risks of highly hazardous pesticides as a first step for their phase-out or ban” states Oliver Bach, SAN standards and policy director.
Members of the IPM Coalition: Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), Bonsucro, Fairtrade International, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Global Coffee Platform (GCP), Golf Environment Organisation (GEO), Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN), and UTZ.
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The pesticide database is now available for free at www.ipm-coalition.org. The IPM Coalition encourages experts and other interested stakeholders to provide feedback on the database as well as share the link with all relevant stakeholders.
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