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Here are some more clips from interviews recorded at the scientific workshop in Ljubljana, Slovenia, last week (see other blog entries below). Dr Ian Denholm, Rothamsted Research, UK, speaks about the need for radical steps to meet the growing demand for food in Europe, and Lise Nistrup from Aarhus Universitet, Denmark, outlines the effects of… » read more

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While in Ljubljana at the Workshop on the Impact of the proposed Revision of Directive 91/414 on the sustainability of the European Resistance Management Tool Box (see Conclusions from workshop on impact of pesticides legislation entry below), I had the chance to speak to Dirk Müller-Thederan of the German daily Die Welt, who gave me… » read more

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The Financial Times published an article on Thursday 24 April entitled “EU warned over cut in number of pesticides”, in which Brussels correspondent Andy Bounds reported on the potential impact of proposed EU plans to restrict chemical use by farmers in Europe i.e. reducing harvests and preventing farmers from growing key crops in Europe which… » read more

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Last night, I attended a press conference following a scientists’ workshop on the impact of the proposed revision of the EU’s pesticide legislation (Directive 91/414). Ian Denholm from the Rothamsted Research institute, presenting the workshop’s conclusions, pleaded to EU legislators to involve scientists in a thorough risk-based assessment of the proposed legislation, which he said… » read more

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There are so many articles online highlighting the global increase in the cost of basic foods such as grain, corn, rice and the knock on effect this is having on the cost of beef. People fighting to get limited stocks of bread in Egypt, parents unable to feed their families in Asia due to staples… » read more

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A new peer-reviewed study has just been published on the possible link between the onset of Parkinson’s disease and the use of pesticides during one’s lifetime. Not surprisingly, the story has been picked up by the press globally and if you only have time to read the headlines then it’s a foregone conclusion that pesticides… » read more

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