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In the debate about the exposure of people to pesticides accurate information is crucial because farmers and their families are rural residents too

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Crop Protection activities have always had the potential to cause tension between farmers and their neighbours. However, whilst this does not happen in the vast majority of cases, the subject has received a high profile over recent years. This has culminated in a special report on crop spraying and the health of residents and bystanders by the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution (RCEP 2005) which has aimed to collate and review the information that there is, and which has made a large number of recommendations.

In considering this subject, the NFU feels that the best place to start is this comprehensive report, which is considered in this article and, given the strengths and weaknesses within the report, leads to conclusions on how the small number of issues that do arise could be approached.
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Keywords: BYSTANDERS; FARMERS; PESTICIDES; SAFETY

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2006-04-01

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