Belgium finds itself in the ranking of countries that use the most pesticides in Europe

Belgium finds itself in the ranking of countries that use the most pesticides in Europe
Belgium finds itself in the ranking of countries that use the most pesticides in Europe

In agriculture, pesticides are phytosanitary products, used to protect crops against harmful organisms, and with the aim of improving production yield. Issue ? These chemicals are likely to negatively affect the health of consumers and are found in our ecosystems. Furthermore, research has shown that exposure to pesticides is associated with a risk of cancer.

In the Brussels region, certain pesticides have been banned, such as herbicides containing glyphosate, or even insecticides with Fipronil. However, Belgium is one of the largest consumers of pesticides in Europe, according to the latest figures from Statista.

Belgium voracious in pesticides

Our country is not the one that uses the most pesticides in its fields, but it is, however, at the top of the basket, according to data collected in 2021. These are the Netherlands who arrive at the top of the ranking, with 10.9 kilograms of pesticides per hectare of agricultural land. To compare, the European average turn around the 3.4 kg/ha. Come next Cyprus (9.2 kg/ha), Malta (8.09 kg/ha), the United Kingdom (7.1 kg/ha) then Belgium (6.4 kg/ha). In 2023, Nature&Progrès and PAN Europe revealed that at least 80% of chemical substances, identified as very toxic at European level, continued to be used in our country.

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The European countries that consume the least pesticides

Where can you eat fruits and vegetables with the fewest pesticides in Europe? Romania (0.62 kg/ha), Sweden (0.73 kg/ha), Lithuania (1.12 kg/ha) are the countries that employ the least. The rates are ten times lower than in agricultural land in the Netherlands, and show that the differences are significant between the different European countries.

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