EU mulls 50% pesticides cut by 2030

The European Commission could propose a 50% reduction in pesticides use by 2030 in its forthcoming Biodiversity Strategy, according to a draft seen by ENDS.

The draft mentions that the strategy should include “a significant reduction (e.g. at least 30%) of the use of chemical pesticides and mineral fertilisers” and a specific target to halt and reverse the decline of pollinators.

Specifically for agroecosystems, the draft reads, “harmful management practices are often due to intensification of production with high input of pesticides and fertilisers, large scale monocultures”, among others.

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