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Pesticide usage in some vegetable crops in Great Britain: real on-farm applications

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The last decade has seen an increasing requirement throughout the United Kingdom (UK) for accurate, timely information on pesticide usage on fresh produce such as vegetables to satisfy government legislation and provide data as part of the registration and review process of pesticides. These data, collected by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affair's Pesticide Usage Survey Group (PUSG), provide information on current and past usage patterns and allow the impact of use on the environment, operator and consumer to be more accurately assessed from actual usage patterns rather than worst-case scenarios. Surveys of commercially grown carrot, Brussels sprouts and onion crops in Great Britain were undertaken at regular intervals between 1986 and 1999, using fully stratified samples of growers. Only on Brussels sprouts was there a significant decline in pesticide use over this period, but the frequency of treatments increased on all three crops, reflecting the recent introduction of more active molecules and lower dose rates. The implications for growers of EU Directive 91/44 are discussed if active ingredients are lost because they fail to achieve Annex 1 listing. © British Crown Copyright 2003. Reproduced with the permission of the Controller of Her Majesty's Stationery Office. Published for SCI by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
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Keywords: Brussels sprouts; carrots; onions; pesticide usage; spraying programmes; vegetables

Document Type: Research Article

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Publication date: May 1, 2003

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