Daily Management Review

EC sets to lower use of pesticides and fertilizers in EU in 10 years


The European Commission presented a strategy within which it set to achieve a significant reduction in the use of pesticides and fertilizers in the EU, as well as reducing the amount of food thrown away, according to the EC.

"The use of pesticides in agriculture contributes to the pollution of soil, water and air. The EC will take measures to reduce the use of chemical pesticides by 50% by 2030," the comission said.

In addition, it would like to reduce the use of fertilizers in the EU by at least 20% by 2030.

The EC also notes that antimicrobial resistance associated with its use for animal health leads to many thousands of deaths in the EU each year. Therefore, the EC wants to ensure that sales of antibacterial drugs for farm animals are halved by 2030.

In addition, the European Commission wants to develop organic farming and to ensure that 25% of farmland in the EU in 10 years is occupied by organic farming.

The EC invited the European Parliament and the Council of the EU countries to approve this strategy and its objectives. “All citizens and interested parties are invited to participate in wide public debate,” the EC said in a statement.

The European Commission may propose binding legislation in the EU countries. However, such projects must be approved by the European Parliament and the Council of Union countries.

source: ec.europa.eu