Blackgrass is sprayed with a pesticide© Tim Scrivener
A new regulatory system to assess the long-term effects of pesticides on the environment should be introduced, chief scientific adviser to Defra, Ian Boyd suggests. In a paper in the journal Science, Prof Boyd draws many parallels between the use of antibiotics in human medicine and pesticides in agriculture. “Both have been manufactured to [meet] market demand, with little care taken to consider whether this is sensible. “Both are often used as therapies of first resort, when sparing use would […]
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