Denmark seeks to reverse rising pesticide use

Danish environment minister Connie Hedegaard has threatened to impose quotas and/or surcharges on agricultural pesticides if farmers don't cut usage "substantially" before 2007, national news agency Ritzau reports. Measured by the government's index of spraying frequency, use increased from 2.04 in 2002 to 2.18 last year. The rise occurred despite a government action plan launched two years ago which aimed at further reductions in spraying frequency towards a target of 1.7 by 2009 (EED 13/10/03). See Ritzau article in Jyllands-Posten newspaper.

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