HSE_GOV_UK - 2014 - Pesticides incidents reports. SCITECHDAILY 30/12/19 Herbicide Overuse Costs UK Economy £400 Million per Year. Black-grass at a medium level in winter wheat field.
Credit: Helen Hicks Scientists from international conservation charity ZSL (Zoological Society of London) have for the first time put an economic figure on the herbicidal resistance of a major agricultural weed that is decimating winter-wheat farms across the UK. AHDB_org_uk - sept 2018 - United Kingdom cereal pathogen virulence survey 2018 annual report. GOV_UK 20/12/18 Guidance - Importing and exporting plants and plant products if there’s no withdrawal deal - How to trade in plants and plant products inside and outside the EU if the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 with no deal.
‘Plant’ means a living plant (including a fungus or tree) or a living part of a plant (including a living part of a fungus or shrub), at any stage of growth.
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Wild bee distributional data and foraging preferences There are ∼250 species of native bees (Order Hymenoptera) known to occur in England, comprising solitary bees (for example, some Apidae, Andrenidae, Megachilidae and Halictidae), 24 species of bumblebee (Apidae: Bombus spp.) and the domesticated honeybee (A. mellifera).
Approximately 20% of these species are known to act as pollinators of oilseed rape and so occur within arable farmland37,39,40. To assess distributional changes in these wild bee species we analysed long-term occurrence records from 1994–2011. GOV_UK - 2017 - UK Expert Committee on Pesticides - Annual Report 2016. 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. Rapport OAV: United Kingdom 2015-7490 Pesticide residue controls in organic production Jan 2015 Report details.
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. Abbreviations Keywords Eel; Pesticides; DDT; HCB; PCBs; UK 1. 1.1.
The European Eel (Anguilla anguilla) is an important species for commercial fisheries. 1.2. 1.3. 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 Improving confidence in our food chain Since the horsemeat incident we have worked with industry to restore confidence in food. The Elliott review into the Integrity and Assurance of Food Supply Networks examined the strengths and weaknesses of food supply networks in the UK. We’re already working to: Protecting soils. 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.” PESTICIDES_GOV_UK – OCT 2014 - Advisory committee on pesticides - annual report 2013. 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.
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. The Co-operative Group 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. . · from early 2009, prohibiting the use of six neonicotinoid pesticides on our own-brand fresh and frozen produce (clothianidin, dinotefuran, imidacloprid, fipronil, nitenpyram and thiamethoxam)
. · funding research into the impact of neonicotinoids on bees, the results of which we expect to be published before the end of the year. 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. The plan focuses on the continuing use of voluntary approaches to meet pesticide targets. Initiatives such as those promoted through the Voluntary Initiative (VI) are highlighted as ways to improve best practice without the need to regulate. 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.