Neonicotinoid ban puts IPM in the spotlight

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EU member states recently voted to widen the partial ban of three key neonicotinoid insecticides to cover all outdoor crops; putting pressure on growers to find alternative methods of pest control.

Senior Scientist Ian Toth is quoted in both FarmingUK and Farmers Weekly, saying:

“The use of pesticides has been such an important part of crop production for decades that loss or reduction in the use of such chemicals, including neonicotinoids, will almost certainly affect crop yields and, ultimately, the price of food for consumers. Now more than ever it is so important that we find alternative methods of control through more resistant crops, biocontrol and other integrated pests management approaches.”