Findings on atmospheric agricultural chemicals in Wallonia now available
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The report found that there were mainly herbicides and fungicides in the atmospheric air around the stations.
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The Namur Pesticides Study (also known as the Namur ExpoPesten), the first study of its kind to assess the presence of several pesticides in Wallonia’s atmospheric air, has now delivered its initial findings. The Walloon Minister for the Environment, Carlo Di Antonio, mentioned these on Tuesday.

The report, which over the period of a year analysed 46 various pesticides around 12 stations, spread throughout Wallonia, showed that mainly herbicides and fungicides were found.

Insecticides represent a mere 0.5% of substances measured. It seems that the doses breathed in are more intense within agricultural locations and in spring, from April to June.

The Walloon Public Service Science Institute (“ISSeP”) has been given responsibility for a further study to better understand the link between the exposure to pesticides and the potential effects on human health.


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