Overall objectiveThe objective of WP 7 is the evaluation of the impact of globalisation and climate change on the levels and spectra of pesticide residues on fresh produce. The assessment of the impact of adapted pesticide use (due to climate change) on pesticide residues on crops and related risks for consumer exposure, using a probabilistic approach, is also one of the objectives of this WP.
Strategy:Driven by climate changes, pest development rates and/or host-plant susceptibility to pests, can be altered. It is expected that changes in the climate (warming of the earth atmosphere, increased rain fall, extreme drought) and the accompanying emerging diseases and influence on pesticide behaviour (e.g. increased precipitation, faster degradation due to higher temperature, loss due to wash off by rainfall, decreased activity under dry conditions) will increase the use (and costs) of pesticides for certain (new) crops.
First, an overview and evaluation of current national and EU monitoring activities related to detecting pesticide residues in vegetables and fruits will be elaborated in this work package. Besides this, relevant information on the specific use of pesticides and important physicochemical and toxicological properties will be collected. This survey will constitute the basis for the development of risk-based sampling and analysis plans for monitoring pesticide residues for the global and local trade of fresh produce. The proposed methodology will be tested in pilot projects in collaboration with several SME/industrial Veg-i-Trade partners.