06 April 1998
Prince Philip presses MAFF on OP

PRINCE PHILIP has been pushing the Ministry of Agriculture for the last seven years to explain why it allows the use of the organophosphate Fonofos, it has emerged.

The pesticide can cause indiscriminate devastation to wildlife. But a ministry of agriculture spokesman said the pesticides were licensed to be used only under the manufacturers instructions.

The Princes interest began in 1991 when 16 wild pheasants were found dead on the Queens Sandringham estate after eating newly-sown wheat that had been treated with Fonofos.

  • The Daily Telegraph 06/04/98 page 10