Growers surveyed about environmental impact of plant protection products

Growers of protected crops are to be surveyed by Campden BRI as part of a wider European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) survey looking at pesticide emissions from protected crop systems.

The survey aims to answer the question: "What is the risk of a plant protection product (PPP), applied in a protected crop system, moving out into, and impacting on, the wider environment?" Its eventual outcome could be the release of a particular set of requirements for all plant protection products used in protected crop systems.

The researchers will be looking at all protected crops - edible and ornamental, structures, growing methods, pesticide application, irrigation and ventilation.

All kinds of protection materials, from glasshouses to plastic covers and mulching applied to the soil are being included in the survey.

Campden BRI researchers have teamed up with the NFU to help them contact growers and the questionnaire is due to be sent to growers this month (March).

A spokesman for the NFU said: "It is important for as many growers and industry stakeholders as possible to respond to the questionnaire as this will ensure a robust evidence base is provided, to direct future policy decisions."

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