The city council of Madrid approved a joint motion from EDC-Free Europe campaign partners Ecologistas en Accion and Fondacion Alborada, which commits the city to take concrete measures to reduce the exposure of its population and the environment to the endocrine disruptors present in its municipal services.
Madrid is the first major European city that committed to reducing the exposure of its residents to hormonal pollutants.
With the approval of the motion, the city council of Madrid undertakes to develop the following concrete measures for the reduction of these toxics:
- Limit the use of pesticides susceptible to act as endocrine disruptors (among them, glyphosate) in parks and gardens, schools and any public municipal ownership building.
- Limit the use of endocrine disruptors in contracts and public purchases.
- Reduce exposure to endocrine disruptors through food by promoting organic foods, the use of non-toxic food packaging (such as Bisphenol A or phthalates) and good practices in public soup kitchens.
- Inform the population about the risks of endocrine disruptors, their sources of exposure and reduction advice through training and awareness actions.
- Urge the Community of Madrid and the Ministries of Health, Social Services and Equality and the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment to adopt policies to reduce the exposure of the population and to achieve the prohibition of these substances.
- Report annually to the Plenary Session of the City Council and to the public through its website on the progress made in complying with this agreement.
A press release provided by Ecologistas en Accion is available online (in Spanish).
Post provided by campaign partners Ecologistas en Accion and Fondacion Alborada