It is quite right that good science and correct process should underpin the pesticides approvals’ process but is regrettable when this has to be brought about through action in the High Court (Metaldehyde slug pellet ban overturned following legal challenge, July 31).
In the case of Metaldehyde, the approval is also supported by farmers through an active and high-profile stewardship campaign. While the reprieve is welcome, it is now even more important that we use integrated pest management techniques, along with the advice given in the Stewardship campaign. This is to ensure we minimise the environmental impacts of this important product and retain it to protect our crops.
Director of policy GWCT
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