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This week a pesticide-resistance petition, signed by 72 scientists and agriculturists, was presented to the European Parliament. The scientists are concerned that revisions to the existing European pesticide legislation which includes reducing the number of pesticides on the market could lead to pests developing resistances to remaining products. The scientists say that fewer active ingredients… » read more

Posted by Helen Dunnett

How Safe … and for whom?

Securing the safety of our children, family and co-workers is, apparently, increasingly important in many countries around the world. Governments continually pass legislation to restrict certain behaviours as well as products that could potentially cause harm. But are we going too far in wanting to remove all potential risks from our daily lives … and… » read more

Posted by Richard Tren

If you wish to restrict your consumption of hazardous pesticides you are advised to:- i) eat vegetables and fruit crops (in fact all crops) that have been treated with synthetic pesticides, ii) to cut down on eating organic vegetables and fruit and iii) reject the skins of fruit and vegetables. This advice is the inevitable… » read more

Posted by Victor Shorrocks

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

Posted by ECPA

Sense about Science

I stumbled across this informative website called Sense about Science. It’s a website set up by scientists who talk in plain English and help bridge the disconnect between ‘complicated’ science, and you and I going about our daily lives. I was particularly interested in a briefing document entitled Sense about science – making sense of… » read more

Posted by ECPA

Rachel Carson

In this month’s Monthly Review ecologists John Bellamy Foster and Brett Clark write an in-depth piece on the world renowned naturalist and scientist Rachel Carson and author of Silent Spring. Read the review.

Posted by ECPA

On 26 February 2008, BBC’s science and nature programme Horizon explored the arguements for and against conventional and organic farming. To view clips from the programme and read more on the subject click here.

Posted by ECPA