30 Jul '14, 10am

Pesticide safety research shouldn't be left to the pesticide companies! - The Ecologist

Pesticide safety research shouldn't be left to the pesticide companies! - The Ecologist

If the research is to command public confidence, independent controls need to be maintained at every step. The UK government is prepared to accept funding for studies on the risks of pesticides to bees and other pollinators from the manufacturers of the chemicals in question. Not surprisingly, this raises uncomfortable questions about trust and transparency, as a new report from the Environmental Audit Committee points out ('Government should accept ban on pollinator-harming pesticides '). The chair of the Committee, Joan Walley MP, commented on its findings: "When it comes to research on pesticides, Defra is content to let the manufacturers fund the work. This testifies to a loss of environmental protection capacity in the Department responsible for it." I share the Committee's concerns that the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has insufficie...

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