It is important that a nationwide survey of pesticide contamination in people and in soil on farmland be carried out as soon as possible, in addition to the analyses already conducted for synthetic chemicals in food and water,” the Associations stress. Italy is one of the leading European countries, along with Spain, France and Germany in terms of pesticide consumption. Together they cover 75% percent of pesticides sold in the European Union, Spain is the first country for pesticide consumption, followed in order by Italy, France and Germany.