Stakeholders' views on pesticides aired

The European Commission's environment directorate has published responses from Europe's leading agriculture and industry associations, environmental and consumer groups, plus some government bodies, to a consultation on future EU pesticides policy. They confirm a significant divergence between manufacturers and professional users of pesticides - who insist that "sustainable use" can be achieved through technological improvement and user education - and green groups, who ask for a use reduction strategy supported by specific targets and timetables (EED 05/11/02). See environment directorate's pesticide pages.

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