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Pesticide industry profits dwarfed by societal costs, report says

A new study has found that the direct societal costs of pesticides, along with government support to manufacturers, outweigh the sector’s profits.

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Chemicals roundtable urges clamp-down on non-compliance

The EU should invest more in stopping illegal chemicals entering the bloc, set up a centralised force to enforce compliance and boost resources for national authorities, a group of chemicals sector actors has said.

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Researchers point to gaps in EU glyphosate assessment

A new study has identified scientific shortcomings in the ongoing evaluation of glyphosate by EU regulators, as the incoming German government coalition commits to a market withdrawal of the insecticide.

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Delay to microplastics crack-down causing huge environmental damage, campaigners warn

Environmental campaigners have warned the European Commission against further delaying plans to restrict the use of microplastics, which keep “flooding into the environment” despite “the existence of safer alternatives”.

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France tightens pesticide rules as it launches national pollinator plan

The French government has announced tighter rules on agrochemical use as it unveiled plans to establish a ‘red list’ of endangered wild pollinator species and investigate other sources of stress leading to declines in insect populations.

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Emergency use of banned pesticides was ‘justified’, EU regulator concludes

Permitting the use of banned neonicotinoid pesticides in 17 instances across 11 member states countries last year was in all cases justified due to a lack of other ways to protect sugar beet crops, the European Food Safety Authority has concluded following an investigation.

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