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Thursday, 05 April 2012

'A huge change of mindset'

According to one article by EurActiv, manufacturers recognize their failure to address concerns over the environmental and health risks of pesticides. Friedhelm Schmider, director general of the European Crop Protection Association (ECPA), said that the industry has learned from past mistakes and stood ready to address wider public concerns over safety and the environment.
"We got aware that our communication was based on facts and figures – something we are so proud of – but not really listening to societal concerns. And that was big, big give".
In words of Mr Schmider , this represents "a huge change of mindset" for the industry, which has long argued that its products are safe if properly used by farmers.
Anxiety rose after several studies found residual levels of pesticides in fruit and vegetables put on supermarket shelves. The European Commission tried addressing those concerns by pushing through legislation banning the use of the most toxic chemicals – those that can cause cancer or affect the reproduction system.
EU legislation also sets limits for pesticides in food – the so-called Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) above which consumption in large quantities can present a risk for human health.

Source: EurActiv