Denmark launches "robust" pesticides plan

Government aims for further 17% cut in spraying frequency by 2009, extends controls to all sectors

The Danish government has finalised a five-year action plan for additional cuts and restrictions in pesticide use. As anticipated in a draft plan issued earlier this year, usage as measured by an index of spraying frequency is to be cut from 2.04 in 2002 to 1.7 by 2009 - a total reduction of about one-third in the ten years from 1999 (EED 01/07/03).

Describing the plan as "ambitious and above all robust", environment minister Hans Christian Schmidt said in a statement: "Our goal has been to set a new agenda for the way we use pesticides so as to cause as little damage as possible to Danes' health and the environment."

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