Pesticides safety report put back

Safety campaigners slam three month delay on pesticide exposure risk report

Pesticide safety campaigners have expressed anger that a report on the risks of crop spraying and pesticide exposure has been delayed by three months. The Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution was due to report imminently on the question of human exposure to agrichemicals, their handling and public fears. Commission secretary Tom Eddy commented: “We felt we needed more time to hear the evidence and decided to put publication back until September.” But pesticides campaigner Georgina Downs said the delay was “extremely disappointing”. “The Royal Commission’s pesticides and bystander exposure study is the most important inquiry undertaken to date on the risks to people in the countryside from crop spraying and pesticide exposure,” she added. Downs said she hoped the protection of public health and the environment may finally be given the high priority it deserves. Though agricultural spraying makes up the bulk of spraying in the UK, campaigners are also concerned about spraying on growers’ sites and by local councils.

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