Italy sets out next steps to reduce pesticides use

Italy plans to restrict the use of around 20% of the active substances found in plant protection products authorised in the EU as part of efforts to drive down the environmental impacts of agriculture

Italy plans to restrict the use of around 20% of the active substances found in plant protection products authorised in the EU as part of efforts to drive down the environmental impacts of agriculture. 

The government’s draft pesticide plan, currently open to consultation, sets new objectives for 2020-2024 to protect consumers, the environment and drinking water from the risks associated with pesticides.

It includes a target to increase organic farming within European protected areas by 80% on 2017 levels, with a 60% rise in Italy’s total organic farmland. 

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