The CCRI is part of a new EU Horizon 2020 funded research project, SPRINT (Sustainable Plant Protection Transition: A Global Health Approach) that will start on 1st September 2020 and run for 5 years. 

With increasing concerns about the impact of pesticides on the environment and human health, the main aim of the project is to develop and validate a Global Health Risk Assessment Toolbox to integrate assessments of the impacts of pesticides on ecosystem, plant, animal and human health.   The project will also identify transition paths to more sustainable use of pesticides.  The distribution and impacts of mixtures of pesticide on health will be evaluated across 11 case study sites with contrasting (conventional, integrated and organic) farming systems, covering the main European crops, and soy production for feed in Argentina destined for the European market. 

The main expected impacts of the project are to:

  • Establish the impacts of the use or non-use of pesticides on the environment and human health (consumers, operators, farm workers and residents in agricultural areas)
  • Improve farmer, consumer, and citizen awareness of and trust in global health approaches through clear and transparent and integrated assessments, plant health protection strategies and related communication
  • Contribute to the ongoing collection of harmonised EU-wide datasets in open source collaboration and of indicators to assess and monitor trends over time and support risk management measures
  • Improve monitoring of pesticide uses and pressures on human and animal health and the environment, by developing appropriate tools and integrated approaches considering various pathways

SPRINT is a transdisciplinary project comprised of 28 partners from across Europe and Argentina from the fields of soil science, agronomy, ecology, fate modelling, (eco)toxicology, epidemiology and social science.

The CCRI team is led by Jane Mills, and includes Matt Reed and Charlotte Chivers.  The team is the Work package leader for dissemination, communication and exploitation and involved in the work package developing policy recommendations.

You can find out more about the project at the SPRINT website https://www.sprint-h2020.eu/

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