Key milestone reached in ongoing efforts to enhance regulatory harmonization of pesticides in Philippines

A key milestone has been reached in ongoing efforts to enhance the regulatory harmonization of pesticides to help fight crop pests and diseases as part of an Integrated Pest Management approach to ensuring greater food safety and security. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and CABI, with the support of the Fertilizer and Pesticides…
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Partnership committed to strengthening sustainable agriculture and trade in the Philippines

CABI and CropLife Asia, in partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture – Foreign Agricultural Service (USDA-FAS) co-organized a workshop with the Philippines Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority (FPA), to help strengthen sustainable agriculture and trade in the Philippines.
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Training workshop held on risk assessment for pesticides use to help safeguard crops in Thailand

Pesticides are a double-edged sword in agriculture. On one hand, they play a crucial role in protecting crops from pests, increasing smallholder farmers’ profits, and enhancing food security. On the other hand, their misuse or excessive use can have detrimental effects on human health, the environment, and non-target organisms.
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CABI scientist co-authors latest edition of Pesticide Use in Cocoa manual

Spraying pyrethroid insecticide
CABI scientist Dr Jayne Crozier has co-authored the 4th Edition of the Pesticide Use in Cocoa manual published by the International Cocoa Organization (ICCO) in close cooperation with the cocoa industry.
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Pesticide Management Bill 2020 dawns a new era of sustainable agriculture in India

Pesticide Management Bill
India is among the leading producers of pesticides in Asia. The Insecticides Act 1968 was brought into force with effect from August 1971 with a view of regulating the import, manufacture, sale, transport, distribution and use of insecticides in order to prevent risk to human beings and animals, Dr Malvika Chaudhary writes. The Central Insecticides…
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Why a global insect decline affects us all

Insects crucial for ecosystem functioning and food production A comprehensive review of insect declines around the world gives a stark picture of the scale of the declines and the consequences both for ecology and human welfare. The paper, published in Biological Conservation, warns that 40% of the world’s insect species could become extinct within a few…
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To bee or not to bee

This Sunday the UK celebrated World Bee Day (May 20th); the first year of the now to be annual UN awareness event aimed at increasing our sensitivity to the global importance and increasing struggle of pollinators. Whilst the event hopes to increase understanding of pollinators generally, including butterflies, moths, birds and bats, the focus is…
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Buzzing activity around pollinator health

Yesterday I cherished the start of spring in England by attending an event devoted to pollinators and pollination at the University of Reading. Most presentations at this meeting organised by the Royal Entomological Society were understandably about bees, but we also heard a few talks highlighting the importance of other pollinator groups. For about five…
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O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree, how big is your Carbon Footprint?

As part of the festive season this year, many of us will either buy a fresh Christmas tree, or we will bring an artificial one down from the attic.   Either way, a Christmas Tree often forms an important part of the festivities.  According to the National Christmas Tree Association, in 2012, US consumers purchased 24.5 million “real”…
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Banned chemicals and silent springs

Recently I have been removing an array of chemicals, from alpha-hexachlorocyclohexane to zeta-cypermethrin, from CABI’s compendia (Crop Protection Compendium, Forestry Compendium and Invasive Species Compendium) records, as these chemicals have either been banned or severely restricted in their use. This work was sponsored by Plant Protection Station, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Japan.
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