As the UK prepares to leave the EU (Brexit), the government will begin to reassess the rules that govern the use of pesticides in agriculture, amenity, homes and gardens. This is 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.