Insight into UK pesticide use plan
“BCPC supports the focus on protecting water courses, and on improvement of amenity and amateur usage; some amenity applications are potentially high risk and very visible to the public. However, this sector is generally not well dealt with. For example, there is nothing comparable to the crop assurance schemes that could drive an inspection regime for sprayers used in amenity applications. In some high risk situations, sprayers need to be tested more frequently than specified in the Sustainable Use Directive. [As in the U.S., there appears to be different enforcement for custom applicators and farmer application.]
"Reference is made to the suite of UK pesticide indicators, and we are pleased to see that there is no plan to proliferate indicators. However, BCPC stresses that caution needs to be used in applying some of the existing indicators. The Pesticide Forum Indicators Group uses the Farmland Birds Index, in recognition that there may be indirect effects from pesticides, but many other factors can have much greater effects on this index, including changes in land use such as the balance between winter and spring cropping. Other wildlife indices are being developed and these may be more suitable for assessing pesticide impacts.” [Possible pesticide influence on the environment and wildlife is always a concern and an area where the general public gets highly motivated to condemn agricultural business.]
Details of the UK NAP can be found at: www.defra.gov.uk/consult/2012/07/30/uknap-pesticides.
The British Crop Production Council (BCPC) is a 50-year-old non profit-making organization. The ag industry group contends it promotes science and practice of sustainable crop production.