Science of The Total Environment Volume 505, 1 February 2015, Perceptions of pesticides exposure risks by operators, workers, residents and bystanders in Greece, Italy and the UK. FARMING FUTURES 15/07/16 First ever UK digital crop map from satellite data. The first ever digital map of the UK’s arable crops has been created through an innovative collaborationbetween environmental researchers and business using data from the Copernicus Sentinel-1 Radar Satellite.
Open Access Highlights Cypermethrin urinary biomarker levels lower than the REA predicted concentrations.
Over 97% penconazole and captan biomarker levels lower than REA predictions. Spray chlorpyrifos biomarker levels vs REA predictions no different from background. Spray chlormequat biomarker levels vs REA predictions no different from background. Overall, the results indicate that the REA is sufficiently conservative. Abstract The UK regulatory methods currently used for estimating residents' potential pesticide exposure were assessed to determine whether they provide sufficiently conservative estimates.
Chemosphere Volume 118, January 2015, Pages 103–111 PCB and organochlorine pesticide burden in eels in the lower Thames River (UK) Open Access Highlights 35 Eels, caught in the Thames near London in 2007, were analysed for some POPs.
Pesticide and PCB contamination was relatively low compared to previous studies. No EU food or environmental standards (EQS) were exceeded. However, dioxin-like PCBs and total DDT exceeded a Canadian EQS. Tidal eels had more lipid and fewer A. crassus infections than upstream ones. Abstract Thirty-five European eels (Anguilla anguilla), caught in 2007 in the river Thames upstream and downstream of both London and the tidal limit, were analysed for PCBs and organochlorine pesticides. The ICES7 indicator PCB concentrations ranged overall from 4.2 to 124 μg kg−1 fresh weight with averages of 33 and 56 μg kg−1 for the upstream and tidal eels; 3.5–104 μg kg−1, average 26 and 48 μg kg−1 of that were ICES6 PCBs.
GOV_UK 08/05/15 2010 to 2015 government policy: food and farming industry. Issue The farming, food and drink sector is responsible for 3.5 million jobs and 7% of the UK’s overall economy.
Making this sector more productive and competitive, particularly by increasing exports, will help economic growth. We need to produce more food, not just for economic growth but also to feed the growing world population. We also need to get better at producing food in efficient ways. Farmers, manufacturers, retailers and consumers all have a part to play in reducing waste and using resources effectively. At the same time, we need to try to prevent the pressure we’re putting on the land, including through climate change, from damaging the environment.
Actions. FSA 25/03/15 Advisory Committee on Pesticides: annual report 2014. THE GUARDIAN 17/07/14 Over 60% of breads sold in the UK contain pesticide residues, tests show. Two in every three loaves of bread sold in the UK contain pesticide residues, according to a new analysis of government data by environmental campaigners.
Tests on hundreds of loaves also showed that 25% contained residues of more than one pesticide. The official tests are carried out by the government’s expert committee on pesticide residues in food (Prif) and the levels found were below “maximum residue level” (MRL) limits. The Prif experts concluded: “We do not expect these residues to have an effect on health.” But Nick Mole, at Pesticide Action Network UK (Pan UK) and an author of the new report, said MRLs only indicate whether the pesticides had been applied to crops in the amounts permitted.
“They are nothing to do with people’s health whatsoever,” he said. PARLIAMENT_UK 05/04/13 MPs urge Defra to suspend pesticide use due to bee decline. The Government must introduce a precautionary moratorium on three pesticides linked to the decline of pollinators - imidacloprid, clothianidin and TMX – that suspends their use on flowering crops attractive to pollinators, Parliament’s cross-party green watchdog has said.
The Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee, Joan Walley MP, commented: “Defra seems to be taking an extraordinarily complacent approach to protecting bees given the vital free service that pollinators provide to our economy. “If farmers had to pollinate fruit and vegetables without the help of insects it would cost hundreds of millions of pounds and we would all be stung by rising food prices. “Defra Ministers have refused to back EU efforts to protect pollinators and can’t even come up with a convincing plan to encourage bee-friendly farming in the UK.” Joan Walley MP said: Authorities in France, Germany, Italy and Slovenia have already suspended the use of certain neonicotinoids. PESTICIDES_GOV_UK 05/03/15 2014 Programme - Quarterly Reports - Pesticide Residues Monitoring: Third Quarter 2014. PESTICIDES_GOV_UK – OCT 2014 - Advisory committee on pesticides - annual report 2013.
PSD 08/10/10 Pesticide Residues Committee (PRC) Reports 2010. PRC Annual Report Pesticide Residues Committee Annual Report 2010 (pdf, 41 pages, 18.8 MB) Published 27 October 2011 Industry Monitoring Data Industry Monitoring Data: Supplement to the PRC Annual Report (pdf, 98 pages, 1.6 MB) Pesticide Residues Monitoring: Fourth Quarter Results (October to December 2010) Report published 16 June 2011 Report with summary tables (pdf, 212 pages, 4.3 MB) Brand name annex (pdf, 203 pages, 757 kb) Summary tables only (Rich Text Format, 7.8 MB) Pesticide Residues Monitoring: Third Quarter Results (July to September 2010) Report published 10 March 2011 Report with summary tables (pdf, 153 pages, 1.14 MB) Brand name annex (pdf, 151 pages, 367 kb) Summary tables only (Rich Text Format, 103 pages, 5.5 MB) Pesticide Residues Monitoring: Second Quarter Results (April to June 2010) Report published 31 January 2011 Report with summary tables (pdf, 207 pages, 1.3 MB) Brand name annex (pdf, 177 pages, 252 kb) Summary tables only (Rich Text Format, 103 pages, 1.3 MB)
PESTICIDES_GOV_UK 05/03/15 2014 Programme - Quarterly Reports - Pesticide Residues Monitoring: Third Quarter 2014. Plant disease prevention and control: state aid re-registration. NFU - 2014 - The impact of losing plant protection products on UK food production. PARLIAMENT_UK 30/10/12 AUDIT REPORT - Insects and Insecticides. Written evidence submitted by Dr Robert Paxton • Drs Vincent Doublet and Robert Paxton of Queen’s University Belfast/Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg have undertaken laboratory experiments on interactions between a neonicotinoid insecticide, thiacloprid, and pathogens for juvenile honey bee health. • Both viruses and pesticides have a detrimental effect on honey bee brood development and survival. • When viruses and pesticides are experimentally administered simultaneously to honey bee larvae at sub-lethal doses, they interact additively and sometimes synergistically, hindering larval development and enhancing larval/pupal mortality.
House of Commons 26/09/12 Rapport: Insects and Insecticides. ENDURE - MAI 2011 - Nouvelles publications: Réduire la quantité des pesticides dans les systèmes de cultures à base de céréales. FSA – Pesticides. Pesticides are regulated to make sure they don't present unacceptable risks to the public, to people who apply them, to the environment or to animals.
In the UK pesticides are assessed by Government departments and an independent scientific committee of experts, the Advisory Committee on Pesticides (ACP). The FSA attends ACP meetings as officials. Government ministers must approve all pesticides before they can be marketed or used in the UK. Rigorous safety assessments are undertaken to make sure that any pesticide residues remaining in the crop will not be harmful to people. PARLIAMENT_UK - Session 2012-13 Environmental Audit - Insects and Insecticides.
Written evidence submitted by The Co-operative. Executive Summary 1. The evidence base on the impacts of neonicotinoid pesticides has grown dramatically in recent years linking long-term, chronic exposure to field realistic levels of the pesticides with problems with bee fecundity, impaired ability to pollinate crops, increased susceptibility to disease and the loss of hives. 2. In March 2012, the then Chief Scientific Adviser to DEFRA, Sir Bob Watson, publicly expressed his concern about the current UK position in regard to neonicotinoids and went on to state that he wanted the science reassessed "very, very carefully". 3. 4.
University of Nottingham - JUILLET 2010 - REGULATORY SCIENCE AND UNCERTAINTY IN THE RISK ASSESSMENT OF PESTICIDE RESIDUES. FOE_CO_UK 27/09/12 Silent Spring 50th Anniversary - Pesticides still pose wildlife threat. The Government must act on the rising use of pesticides and their impact on bees and other pollinators, Friends of the Earth warned today (Thursday 27 September 2012), on the 50th anniversary of the publication of Rachel Carson’s ground-breaking book on pesticides, Silent Spring. Since Silent Spring, widely credited as instrumental in the US ban of the pesticide DDT, there has been no fundamental shift from the reliance on chemicals in farming. And a new generation of neonicotinoid insecticides - which are toxic to bees - are being used in increasing quantities in the UK countryside. Modern weed killers have also created problems wiping out important sources of food for bees. AG PROFESSIONAL 12/11/12 Insight into UK pesticide use plan. The consultation period on the United Kingdom’s Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ (Defra’s) draft National Action Plan (NAP) for the sustainable use of pesticides recently ended.
The NAP is resulting in strong comments pro and con about a department plan that establishes an environmental perspective in overseeing pesticide use. Colin Ruscoe, Ph.D., British Crop Production Council (BCPC) chairman made an extensive comment that the BCPC issued to those in agriculture within the UK and the world. Some of the comments relate to programs that those outside the UK will not fully understand, but the overall comment content is interesting. Within the brackets below are comments that I’ve provided from my perspective. “BCPC welcomes Defra’s balanced and pragmatic approach. “However, some aspects of the National Action Plan are of concern to BCPC. FWI 02/08/12 DEFRA launches consultation on farm pesticide use.
DEFRA has launched a draft consultation on sustainable pesticide use on UK farms. The UK National Action Plan (NAP) for the sustainable use of pesticides is designed to bring the country in line with EU rules. It is the next stage in the implementation of the EU Directive on the sustainable use of pesticides, which came into UK law on 18 July, 2012.
DEFRA has invited views on the draft plan, which has been designed to "reduce the risks and impacts of pesticide use on human health and the environment". It was opened for consultation this week. PESTICIDES_GOV_UK - 2012 - Codes of Practice. Government Departments have produced guidance to help those working with pesticides meet the requirements of the legislation. New: Guidance for those affected by the Plant Protection Products (Sustainable Use) Regulations 2012 Guidance on the safe use and storage of plant protection products already exists in two separate Codes of Practice below. New Codes of Practice may be issued in due course. In the meantime, although some of the underlying legislative framework has changed, the general guidance contained in the existing codes remains appropriate.
In addition to this, we have produced specific guidance on the new Regulations for those who are directly affected. DEFRA 15/05/12 The future of the Advisory Committee on Pesticides.