Pesticides need bigger and better regulation

An article co-authored by Defra's Chief Scientific Officer argues that better regulation is needed to control how pesticides are used and affect the environment at a landscape scale. 

29/09/2017
Food and Farming Policy

 

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The paper compares the way pesticides and pharmaceuticals are regulated. Both have individual, short-term impacts as well as long-term impacts that can be assessed in aggregate.
 
Unlike pesticides, pharmaceuticals are subject to long-term monitoring, known as 'pharmacovigilance'. It involves the collection, detection, assessment, monitoring, and prevention of adverse effects of pharmaceutical products. It continues throughout the lifetime of each product, building a well developed safety database for that product.
 

No equivalent system applies to pesticides, though the risks are comparable. The authors recommend that a form of 'pesticidovigilance' should urgently be adopted. Read the article here.

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