In a letter dated 4 August the environment minister told parliament that the only option left was to fast-track amendment of the pesticides act. Until the act is updated, farmers using the pesticides are technically doing so illegally. The Dutch parliament began the process of updating the law in April and was due to resume its work at the end of the month. Instead, it will begin again on Wednesday.
The eleven pesticides in question are carbonaryl, chloropyrifos, fenbutatin oxide, penconazole, primiphos-methyl, simazine, carbofuran, propachlor, chloridazon, dichlorvos and parathion-ethyl.
Dutch environment ministry,
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