Pesticides

Concerns over on-field feasibility of EU proposal to halve use of pesticides

Concerns over on-field feasibility of EU proposal to halve use of pesticides

Europe’s young farmers remain concerned about the on-field feasibility of legislative proposals, made by the European Commission, to halve the...

June 23, 2022

EU Commission accused of sending ‘mixed messages’ to farmers

EU Commission accused of sending ‘mixed messages’ to farmers

The Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) has accused the European Commission of sending ‘mixed messages’ to farmers, with its latest moves...

June 23, 2022

European Commission proposes 50% cut in pesticide use by 2030

European Commission proposes 50% cut in pesticide use by 2030

The European Commission has today (Wednesday, June 22) announced proposals to halve the use of chemical pesticides by 2030, and...

June 22, 2022

Pesticide-reduction pace needs to pick up – EU

Pesticide-reduction pace needs to pick up – EU

The European Commission has published the latest figures relating to Farm to Fork pesticide-reduction targets, and while progress is being...

June 16, 2022

Biocontrols ‘could lead to new food protection era’

Biocontrols ‘could lead to new food protection era’

Development of alternatives to traditional pesticides such as biocontrols is “essential, to maximise yields while minimising environmental damage”, according to...

June 2, 2022

Eurostat: Sales of pesticides in Ireland drop by 20%

Eurostat: Sales of pesticides in Ireland drop by 20%

The volume of sales of pesticides in Ireland has decreased by around 20% in the past decade, according to a...

May 3, 2022

Ireland objects to modernising pesticide-use data – why that is a bad idea

Ireland objects to modernising pesticide-use data – why that is a bad idea

Several European (EU) member states – including Ireland – are objecting to proposals to modernise how Europe collects data on...

April 26, 2022

47 pesticide exceedances in drinking water in 2021

47 pesticide exceedances in drinking water in 2021

There were 47 exceedances of pesticides in public drinking water supplies throughout Ireland in 2021, according to findings from an...

April 25, 2022

Farmers to receive texts on safe disposal of pesticide containers

Farmers to receive texts on safe disposal of pesticide containers

Farmers that use the Irish Farm Plastics bring centre will receive texts advising them on the safe handling and disposal...

April 12, 2022

EU delays publication of nature restoration targets and pesticide rules

EU delays publication of nature restoration targets and pesticide rules

The EU has decided to delay publishing details on two key aspects of the European Green Deal, due to food...

March 21, 2022

Researchers seeking information on pesticides use

Researchers seeking information on pesticides use

Researchers at the School of Agriculture and Food Science at University College Dublin (UCD) are carrying out research on the...

February 27, 2022

EPA: Pesticides found in 33 public water supplies

EPA: Pesticides found in 33 public water supplies

The number of public drinking water supplies where pesticides were detected above permitted levels has increased, according to a new...

December 15, 2021

NI’s new river basin management strategy to crack down on pesticide run-off

NI’s new river basin management strategy to crack down on pesticide run-off

Key target measures have been drafted as part of NI’s new river basin management strategy to crack down on water...

April 27, 2021

Gardeners and farmers urged to consider ‘whether they need to use pesticides at all’

Gardeners and farmers urged to consider ‘whether they need to use pesticides at all’

Fianna Fáil Senator Eugene Murphy has urged gardeners, farmers and groundskeepers to consider the environment and whether the use of...

March 18, 2021

Pesticide exceedances in Irish drinking water supplies rise slightly in 2020

Pesticide exceedances in Irish drinking water supplies rise slightly in 2020

There has been a slight increase in the number of pesticide exceedances in public drinking water supplies last year, according...

March 16, 2021

New Zealand commits to 7-year IPM programme for tillage sector

New Zealand commits to 7-year IPM programme for tillage sector

New Zealand’s tillage, horticulture and vegetable sectors have embarked on a seven-year programme, which should lead to the widespread implementation...

January 25, 2021

Risk factors associated with pesticides on the decline

Risk factors associated with pesticides on the decline

The European Commission has published updated EU Harmonised Risk Indicators for pesticides, covering the period 2011 to 2018. The figures...

December 30, 2020

Commission takes action to reduce dangerous pesticides under Farm to Fork strategy

Commission takes action to reduce dangerous pesticides under Farm to Fork strategy

The European Commission has today (Monday December 14) decided to withdraw Mancozeb – a substance in pesticides – from the...

December 14, 2020