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The Salon de l’Agriculture in Paris is a massive event. Spread across several halls, you’ll find literally anything and everything to do with agriculture. The French public love this annual exhibition too with thousands of families attending each day. PI team visited the fruit and vegetable hall to find out what the French public thought… » read more

Posted by Helen Dunnett

Last week the European Commission announced the completion of its review of pesticides that were on the market before 1993. The review looked at about 1000 substances used in conventional and organic agriculture. In their press statement, the Commission said that the pesticides “have undergone a detailed risk evaluation with respect to their effects on… » read more

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As promised, here’s a summary of various reports and comments we’ve found online recently discussing the disappearance of honey bees in Europe and America: Hopes rise in puzzle of dying bees (Delaware Online) Don’t blame amateur keepers for declining bees (Guardian.co.uk) ‘No proof’ of bee killer theory (BBC) Haagen-Dazs makes second gift for honeybee research… » read more

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In the next day or two we’ll be publishing some video conversations we had with French farmers and the general public about their views on pesticides at the Salon de l’Agriculture in Paris last week. In the meantime Pesticide Information has set up a Twitter account to share the latest content published online that we… » read more

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Just watched an interesting video of Bill Gates presenting at a TED conference in America this month. He is talking about two ongoing societal challenges that he is passionate about. The first is malaria; he talks through the facts and the solutions with some interesting statistics, and the second is on education and what makes… » read more

Posted by Helen Dunnett

Bees are a fundamental part of sustainable agriculture. Bees and other pollinating insects are responsible for the pollination of more than 80% of crops in Europe. So it’s been extremely worrying to see a mass decline in them over the past years. It’s got to such a critical point that this year the EU has… » read more

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The Environmental Expert.com published an article recently about the development of a tool to help standardise risk assessment procedures for pesticides across Europe. The software combines climate, soil and crops data specific to each location to help understand the potential impact of each pesticide used. The objective of the FOOTPRINT project is to develop a… » read more

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We recently spoke to Catherine Geslain-Lanéelle, Executive Director of The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), which was set up by the European Union in 2002 as an “an independent source of scientific advice and communication on risks associated with the food chain”. Ms Geslain-Lanéelle told us about EFSA’s remit, workload and resources; and went on… » read more

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Sarah Pettitt, a farmer based in Lincolnshire in the UK, who is also Vice Chairman of the Board for Horticulture & Potatoes at the National Farmers Union, spoke to us very passionately about her fears concerning the pending revisions to the European regulation governing pesticides (91/414). Hear what she had to say in the video… » read more

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A team of researchers of the Wageningen University and Research Centre (Agricultural University of the Netherlands) published on 28 October a 150 page report on the economic impact of the proposed revision of the directive 91/414 on thirteen of the most important crops grown in the Netherlands. Below is a summary of the report. The… » read more

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