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Petition UK - Target reduction in pesticide

This aim in the manifesto scored highly in the assessment of all the aims, page 70 onwards of the manifesto by Professor Dave Goulson. Target a reduction in pesticide use of 50% and complementary actions as other countries have done. Ian Boyd,  Defra’s chief scientists, recently admitted “ ​ The current assumption underlying pesticide regulation—that chemicals that pass a battery of tests in the laboratory or in field trials are environmentally benign when they are used at industrial scales—is false ​ ”.   The reduction measures are fully explained the A Peoples Manifesto for Wildlife by Professor Dave Goulson.  The first 3 proposals refer....
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Pesticides Aims

1. Set target for a 50% reduction in both the weight of pesticides used and the number of pesticide applications per field by 2022. France and Denmark have recently set clear reduction targets of 50% and 40%, respectively. Many pesticides today are used in a preventative manner, rather than when indispensable to fight an existing pest problem. Therefore, by addressing challenges on a farm by farm basis and adopting innovative techniques such as new methods for mechanical weeding, it would be possible to decrease the overall deployment of chemicals in the countryside whilst maintaining similar levels of productivity. In fact,...
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