An article from the Royal Society of Chemistry:

Agrochemical producers have warned that amendments to new European Union legislation on pesticides will lead to a drastic reduction in the crop protection agents available to farmers if they become law.

The European Parliament backed the changes on 23 October, voting in favour of tighter safety rules that would prohibit pesticides containing, for example, neurotoxic chemicals or substances poisonous to bees. MEPs also voted in favour of drawing up a list of acceptable active substances at EU level that would provide the basis for approvals of new pesticides by member states.

The additional proposed cut-off or hazard criteria would effectively ban 75 per cent of the active ingredients used in pesticides and remove over 90 per cent of insecticides from sale, according to the European Crop Protection Association (ECPA), which represents agrochemical producers.

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