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Aspects of UK pesticides policy in the UK will require reconsideration after Mr Justice Collins allowed an application in the High Court from campaigner Georgina Downs for a review of current policy. She has argued that exposure to crop chemicals caused illness. The judge said: ‘I recognise that it is not easy to attribute a… » read more

Posted by Wyn Grant

Last week, we visited Pekka Pesonen, Secretary-General of Copa-Cogeca, the European association for farmers and farmers’ co-operatives, operating in Brussels. In the first video, you’ll hear Pekka speaking about farmers’ views of the revision of the pesticides regulation, the difficulty in ensuring that imports have been subjected to the same conditions as products from within… » read more

Posted by Helen Dunnett

At the Pesticides in Sustainable Agriculture event (see previous entries below), we spoke to Pieter de Pous of the European Environmental Bureau (EEB), which is a federation of 140+ environmental organisations based all over Europe. We asked for his take on the day’s event from the perspective of his organisation. Although Pieter does not strictly… » read more

Posted by Helen Dunnett

Post the voting yesterday by the European Parliament’s Environment committee on the revision of pesticide legislation, industry, NGOs and politicians have all been quick to voice their opinions on this major milestone. As usual, EurActiv has made an excellent summary of events: Pesticides: Tough negotiations ahead after MEPs’ ban, which I recommend reading. Plus I… » read more

Posted by Helen Dunnett