UK court orders pesticide law rethink

Campaigner wins legal challenge to British implementation of 1991 EU pesticides directive

The UK's implementation of the 1991 EU pesticides directive is flawed, the High Court of England and Wales ruled on Friday.  The government said it would assess whether the ruling had implications for other EU countries, according to press reports.

The ruling followed a challenge by anti-pesticide campaigner Georgina Downs, who said UK legislation had too narrowly interpreted a requirement in the directive for pesticides to be shown to have no harmful effects as a condition for market approval.

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