The ADAS Climate and Sustainability team provide a combination of stakeholder engagement and expert understanding of pesticide usage to help a wide range of clients understand the implications of pesticides within their supply base.
Pesticides are widely used in the production of agricultural raw materials to help farmers produce high-quality affordable crops. However, there are a wide range of pressures on pesticide usage including consumer pressure, plant resistance to chemicals, and changes to legislation that impact on the availability and appropriate application of crop health and protection measures.
Food and drink businesses
Food and drink businesses involved in the production of products for human consumption need to have an understanding of the pesticides that are being used within their supply chain. Consumer pressure can drive businesses towards taking their own approach to the approval of different pesticides for use in products within their supply chain. ADAS are able to provide expert evaluation of the science available to support any decisions made on the use of high profile pesticides within the supply chain. This can be combined with stakeholder and consumer engagement exercises to understand their views on particular pesticides, providing a robust and informed backdrop to the development of any pesticide policy.
We are also able to provide insight into the availability of pesticides within a global supply chain and the potential implications of restrictions in use on the availability of agricultural raw materials.
The implementation of the EU Sustainable Use of Pesticides Directive (2009/128/EC) and associated approvals legislation is putting the approval of a number of pesticide active substances under pressure. As part of a registration or re-registration process, ADAS recognise that there is a large amount of scientific evidence that is produced to demonstrate safety and efficacy of the active substance. As part of this process it can also be useful to quantify the social, economic and environmental impacts of the active substance to the farming industry to support submissions. This is not a regulatory requirement, but assessors have indicated that this type of supporting documentation can be valuable to active substance re-registration and can also be used to support product marketing.
ADAS have developed a robust methodology, to demonstrate wider socio-economic impacts of pesticide withdrawal or substitution, or potential benefit of introducing a pesticide into new markets, through a Pesticide Impact Assessment tool that:
- 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 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, whilst longer term implications focus on resistance management and the wider implications of a change to pesticide availability such as environmental impacts, increased time/labour costs, resistance management and changes to imports/exports and crop areas.