EU ruling threatens UK vegetable crops

Updated: 05/01/2009

EU rulings threaten UK vegetable crops

Sources: Caroline Davies, The Observer – January 4, 2009

carrotsUK vegetable growers are bracing for major quality and yield losses in carrot, potato, onion and parsnip crops when EU ministers slash the use of permitted plant protectants on food crops later this month.

The ruling will ban plant protection products that MIGHT have adverse effects on human health.

Over 45 actives will be discontinued, including the Group C fungicides, Currently, these products are not considered to have a significant impact on human health.

The UK – Pesticides Safety Directorate warns the ban will cut UK food production without securing meaningful benefits for consumer health or the environment.

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