Public exposure to pesticides may be more widespread than suspectedFriday, 15 December 2017 18:04
Under the study, which will begin in Spring 2018, air and projection sensors will be installed next to fields, in school yards and at other public sites close to farms. The sensors will be installed at various distances, behind physical barriers and in different climatic conditions, so as to cover the widest possible range of scenarios.
Depending on application conditions and the weather, 25% to 75% of pesticides applied are reportedly in the air, according to the minister. "An increasing number of accidents and studies seem to indicate that the exposure of populations living near farmland has been underestimated,” he added.
Meanwhile, Wallonia’s Government on Thursday adopted stricter ceilings for five molecules that pollute water meant for human consumption. Four are active components of pesticides while the fifth is contained in an insecticide.
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