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Big sales, no carrots: Assessment of pesticide policy in Spain

AuthorsAlonso-González, Pablo ; Parga-Dans, Eva ; Pérez Luzardo, Octavio
KeywordsCrop protection
Pesticide use reduction
Issue Date16-Oct-2020
CitationCrop Protection 141, 105428 (2021)
AbstractThis paper explores Spanish pesticide policy with a focus on developments during the last decade. Spain is one of the greatest global consumers of conventional pesticides and leader in various related rankings among European Union countries. However, reviews of pesticide policies examining the key plans, facts, strategies and stakeholders are largely lacking. In providing an overview of Spanish responses to the European Directive 2009/128/EC on the Sustainable Use of Pesticides, this article contributes to filling this research gap. Spanish National Action Plans lack measurable quantitative objectives for reduction in the use of conventional pesticides and further implementation of Integrated Pest Management. Spanish National Action Plans also lack strategies for informing citizens about pesticide residues, and efficient means of keeping up to date with the authorisation of new active substances and delivery of pesticide use and sales data, in time and form. Moreover, there are no clear trends in conventional pesticide use reduction and sales, despite a significant reduction in the use of the more toxic active substances. Overall, this paper reveals various important shortcomings and incongruences in Spanish pesticide policy, which deserve further scholarly exploration and should be a matter of concern for public bodies.
Publisher version (URL)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cropro.2020.105428
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