Projects

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SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

HDO participated and supported the CONFERENCE ON AGROECOLOGY FOR SUSTAINABLE FOOD SYSTEMS IN EUROPE

A transformative conference to discuss development models for enhancing farmers’ livelihoods and strengthening networks involving all relevant actors – farmers, citizens, civil society organisations, experts and local public authorities. A territorial model can enhance synergies between farm-level resource usage, other local activities, agroecosystems and wider food systems, e.g. agro-eco-tourism. Farmers can create mutually interlinked products and services, thus better using the same resource base; for example, mixed farming at sub-regional level can help to close nutrient loops and link biomass with renewable energy systems at different scales. Agroecological practices already have a broad role by helping farmers to overcome dependence on external inputs, especially in the organic sector. Some conventional farmers too have sought to improve environmental sustainability through agroecological methods.

Co-organisers: Centre for Agroecology and Food Security at the Coventry University (CAFS, UK), European Network of Scientists for Social and Environmental Responsibility (ENSSER, Germany), Fondation Sciences Citoyennes (FSC, France), Groupe Interdisciplinaire de Recherche en Agroécologie du FNRS (GIRAF, Belgium), International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements EU (IFOAM EU, Belgium)

 

 

 

 

ENDOCRINE DISRUPTORS EUROPEAN CAMPAIGN

HDO participates and supported the European EDCs Campaing.

Humans and animals are exposed to hormone disrupting chemicals daily (also called endocrine disrupting chemicals – EDCs).  But despite growing evidence that exposure to them is contributing to a range of health problems, biodiversity issues and damage to teh environment, governments have been slow in regulating and eliminating this exposure.  This Call for Action arises from the urgent need to reduce people’s exposure to EDCs and states what the EU and national governments should do. The outdated EU EDC Strategy is currently being reviewed. We need a comprehensive new strategy that effectively prevents further ill-health associated with EDCs and that lays out actions for eliminating exposure. This campaign calls on the EU to produce a new EU EDC Strategy based on the most up to date science that is fit for purpose in the 21st century.

 

 

 

 

 

PESTICIDES ACTION WEEK INTERNATIONAL CAMPAIGN

The Pesticide Action Week is an annual campaign taking place from March 20th to 30th that aims to raise awareness on the health and environment risks of synthetic pesticides to highlight alternative solutions to build a global grassroots movement for a pesticide-free world With the continuing success of the original French campaign that has been running since 2006, the campaign aims at building an even bigger and stronger movement in new countries throughout Europe and globally every year.

The Pesticide Action Week represented nearly a thousand grassroots events across several countries: conferences, film shows, theatre shows, outings, open doors, exhibitions, workshops, information booths, farmer markets, organic meals … and hundreds of media hits! These events are led by hundreds of citizens, associations, farmers, companies, teachers, local governments... The event takes place from 20th to 30th March, with 20th March being the first day of spring. We want to call for a pesticide free spring as spring is the main period for spraying pesticides.

 

 
 

HOMES WITHOUT TOXICS SPANISH CAMPAIGN

Homes without toxics denounces all risky situations and propose suitable alternatives. We look to improve government policies and measures that protect health and to influence companies to eliminate or significantly reduce the toxic substances that they use, which are present in a wide range of household products. We also seek to educate people. We believe that without proper social conscience neither the administration nor the companies will feel sufficiently motivated- Without adequate knowledge of the danger, citizens will not take steps to protect themselves against the risks, which most often are easily preventable. We work to create a healthier society in which people find themselves healthier in all aspects of their lives. We want to see people enjoy good physical and mental health and live in healthy, constructive environments.

●     Promoting healthy habits for the body, mind and our surrounding environment.

●     Developing a new healthcare model based on integrated medicine.

●     Ensuring that key institutions and legislators put the health of the people before and other consideration. 

 

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON RISKS FOR THE ENVIRONMENT AND HEALTH

 

The current methods and institutions for setting science agendas, funding research, directing innovations and assessing their risks are not able to cope with the challenges posed by the complexities, uncertainties and ignorance about the systems that characterise our current environments. Understanding and managing our inter-linked  technological, biological, ecological and socio-political systems requires new approaches and paradigms. It is essential that there are scientific concepts and research programmes which are  independent of  the interests and influence of the developers and promoters of current and new technologies. The choice of technological pathways and the assessment and management of their hazards should be opended up to wider groups of stakeholders from outside the narrow elites who currently define and dominate these activities. Scientific data and knowledge is usually confined to closed networks. It is necessary to bring together the different types of knowledge existing in different networks and to promote better communication between scientists, professionals, public interest groups and policy makers. Solutions to the current social, economic and environmental  crises require transdisciplinary approaches that can embrace both complexity and the needs, knowledge and interests of  different societal groups.

Organisers:

ENSSER The European Network of Scientists for Social and Environmental Responsibility (ENSSER) brings together independent scientific expertise to develop public-good knowledge for the critical assessment of existing and emerging technologies. The objective of ENSSER is the advancement of public-good science and research for the protection of the environment, biological diversity and human health against adverse impacts of new technologies and their products.

EEA The European Environment Agency (EEA) is an agency of the European Union. Its task is to provide sound, independent information on the environment. The EEA is a major information source for those involved in developing, adopting, implementing and evaluating environmental policy, and also the general public. Currently, the EEA has 32 member countries.

HDO The Health Defense Organisation (HDO) aims to raise public awareness on the risks of technologies, substances and products that surround us and to strengthen European public policies to protect both people's health and the environment. It works with scientists, doctors, NGOs and other similar groups to achieve the democratization of science.

CÁTEDRA UNIVERSIDAD, EMPRESA, SINDICATOS: TRABAJO, AMBIENTE SALUD The Cátedra-Universidad-Empresa-Sindicato: Trabajo, Ambiente y Salud is the result of an agreement between the Technical University of Madrid (UPM) and the technical Institute of Work, Environment and Health (ISTAS) from 1st July 2004.