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EU's Proposed Pesticide Legislation Promises Better Environmental Health

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Abstract:

Pesticides are increasingly being associated with a variety of chronic, preventable diseases including cancers, neurodevelopmental disorders and Parkinson's Disease. Meanwhile, the EU is reviewing criteria for pesticide approval and use that would lead to the removal from the market of chemicals that are known to cause cancer, genetic mutations or to be toxic to reproduction. If the final policy package, which will be approved in the next month, includes stricter criteria for the exclusion of the most hazardous pesticides, Europeans could enjoy a safer food supply, improved environmental health and better human health outcomes. The European Parliament and some Member States have already demonstrated their support for, and the feasibility of, tighter legislation on pesticides. The value of human well-being underscores the need to take a precautionary approach to pesticide regulation and to urge the EU to adopt pesticide policies that eliminate those chemical ingredients that jeopardize our health.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1564/19dec04

Publication date: December 1, 2008

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