Following the vote for the UK to leave the EU (Brexit), the government will reassess the rules that govern the use of pesticides in agriculture, amenity and homes and gardens. This could be an opportunity for the UK to take the lead in pesticide legislation by ensuring that the most rigorous, precautionary regulations are put in place to protect us from the potential harm that pesticides can do.
The vocal pro-pesticide lobby would like to see the current legislation and the protection it offers significantly reduced. If they succeed, this could result in:
Greater exposure to pesticides that are linked to cancer, reproductive problems and hormone disruption;
Higher levels of pesticide residues allowed in the food that we eat;
Increased use of pesticides that are highly toxic to bees and other pollinator species.
Urgent Action on Pesticides
The UK election is over and Michael Gove is the new Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. He has the power to decide how pesticides will be used and regulated in the UK after Brexit. If pesticide rules are weakened more toxic chemicals will end up in UK food, fields and parks.
It is vital that Michael Gove is made aware of your concerns about pesticide regulation.
Please take a moment to email Mr Gove.
It will only take a couple of minutes, but will help to make it clear that post-EU, we want stronger, not weaker, pesticide regulation.