EU countries should use pesticides more sustainably

A report on the sustainable use of pesticides Directive adopted by the European Commission takes stock of progress made by the EU Member States in applying measures to reduce the risks and impacts of pesticides. It covers a wide range of topics such as aerial spraying, information to the public or training of professionals. The report indicates insufficient implementation of the Directive on the sustainable use of pesticides.

While the Directive offers the potential to greatly reduce the risks derived from pesticide use these improvements are limited and insufficient to achieve the environmental and health improvements the Directive was designed to achieve. This is largely due to the implementation of the Directive that remains patchy.

To read more about the sustainable use of pesticides and the Directive go to the European Commission website: https://ec.europa.eu/food/plant/pesticides/sustainable_use_pesticides_en