The ADAS Climate and Sustainability team provide a combination of stakeholder engagement and expert understanding of pesticide usage to help clients understand the implications of pesticides within their supply base.

Pesticides are widely used in the production of agricultural raw materials and high-quality affordable crops. However, there are a wide range of pressures on pesticide usage including:

  • consumer pressure
  • plant resistance to chemicals
  • changes to legislation that impact on the availability and appropriate application of crop protection measures.

We are also able to provide impact assessments on non-chemical control options to help inform robust integrated pest management programs and minimise the risk of unintended consequences.

Food and drink businesses

Food and drink businesses who produce products for human consumption need to understand pesticide usage within their supply chain. Consumer pressure can drive businesses towards taking their own approach to the approval of different pesticides for use in their products.

ADAS can provide expert evaluation of scientific evidence to guide decisions on the use of high-profile pesticides. This can include implications of changes in use on productivity and the wider environmental impact. We can also conduct stakeholder and consumer engagement exercises to understand their views on particular pesticides. Combined, this provides a robust and informed backdrop to the development of any pesticide policy.

We are also able to offer insights into the availability of pesticides within a global supply chain. As well as current restrictions, we can assess the potential implications of future use restrictions on the availability of agricultural raw materials.

AgChem businesses

The implementation of the EU Sustainable Use of Pesticides Directive (2009/128/EC) and associated legislation has put a number of pesticide active substance approvals under pressure.

As part of a registration or re-registration process, we recognise that there is a large amount of scientific evidence produced to demonstrate safety and efficacy of an active substance. To support submissions, it can be useful to also quantify the social, economic and environmental impacts of the active substance to the farming industry. This is not a regulatory requirement, but assessors have indicated that this type of supporting documentation can be valuable to active substance re-registration. It can also be used to support product marketing.

Pesticide Impact Assessment

ADAS have developed a robust methodology to demonstrate wider socio-economic impacts of pesticide withdrawal or substitution. We can assess the potential benefit of introducing a pesticide into new markets. Our Pesticide Impact Assessment tool:

  • Establishes baseline in current practices in product usage in a particular market.
  • Uses stakeholder consultation to assess the value of an active from the individual farm level up to industry level. This can be on a UK or European scale.
  • Assesses the short and long term implications of a particular change to pesticide availability. Short term implications include yield impacts or short term changes to practices/control methods. Longer term implications focus on resistance management and the wider implications of a change to pesticide availability. This includes environmental impacts, increased time/labour costs, resistance management and changes to imports/exports and crop areas.

Contact Sarah Wynn for more information on how we can help you.

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