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Problem analysis and identification of required action in the field of pesticide residues along the organic value chain


The aim of the project is to investigate the topic of unauthorized pesticide residues in the organic value chain. Problem areas along the organic value chain will be analysed in detail, information and knowledge gaps identified and recommendation for action will be derived.

The specific objectives are as follows:

  • Identification of pesticides with a high contamination potential for the organic value chain
  • Identification of potential contamination pathways and unavoidable levels of contamination
  • Analysis of data on pesticide applications and contamination of non-target regions (environmental monitoring)
  • Identification of data required for the proper evaluation of unauthorized pesticide residues along the organic value chain
  • Analysis of strengths and weaknesses of existing residue databases
  • Status quo analysis of the current handling of pesticide residues at company level and as part of the organic control
  • Evaluation of current procedures in various EU + EFTA countries and recommendation for action
Financing/ Donor
  • Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL)
(Research) Program
  • Federal Scheme for Organic and other Forms of Sustainable Agriculture (BÖLN)
Project partners
  • Bund Ökologische Lebensmittelwirtschaft (BÖLW)
  • Büro Lebensmittelkunde & Qualität (BL-Q)
  • Gesellschaft für Ressourcenschutz mbH (GfRS)
Project Advisory Board
  • HiPP GmbH & Co. Vertrieb KG
  • REWE Group Buying GmbH
  • Lach&Bruns
  • Dr. Bernhard Speiser (FiBL CH)
FiBL project leader/ contact
FiBL project staff
Role of FiBL

Project lead

Further information
Research area
FiBL project number 6922
Date modified 04.01.2021