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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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European Landowners (ELO) joined forces with Syngenta last week (27 March) to host a forum on the future of European agriculture. With a great programme, not surprisingly the event was well attended by a diverse group of stakeholders. I was there too and for the first time with a video camera, trying to capture various… » read more

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What a shame! I missed all the buzz around the pesticides in wine story. Not only because I was somewhat distracted after a few glasses of Chateau la France, but mainly because I was on holiday. Pan Europe have had great success in the media recently after launching a new report claiming the presence of… » read more

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EurActiv and ENDS Daily have reported on the recently published revised proposal for the new regulation governing the type of pesticides allowed on the market in Europe. The Commission has rejected nearly half of the amendments introduced by the Parliament during its first reading last October. The EurActiv article also links to useful background reading

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Week without pesticides

Elsewhere on the web, heated debates are taking place as to the official first day of Spring, historically the 20/21st March, however there is no question in the minds of the French activists MDRGF (Movement for Rights and Respect for Future Generations) who are organising their third year of ‘Week without pesticides’ in France today.… » read more

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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

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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.

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