In Court

Published: Friday 15 August 2008

rethink pesticide policy: In a "landmark" case the UK's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) faces legal challenge over pesticide risk assessment. The hearing began on July 15 at the High Court in London.

Georgina Downs, who runs the uk Pesticide Campaign, sought the judicial review, saying that the government's approach to controlling the use of pesticides breaches both European and uk law. Accusing the government of a fundamental failure to protect residents from exposure to pesticides, Downs said that people were not entitled to prior notification about what was to be sprayed near their homes and gardens.

Defra spokesperson, reportedly, said, "The government is satisfied that its approach to the regulation and control of pesticides is reasonable, logical and lawful in all circumstances and anticipates that it will be demonstrated to the court's satisfaction ."

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