Pesticide use & regulation

Pesticide use & regulation

Pesticides are used to repel or destroy harmful organisms known as pests to prevent diseases, or protects plants or plant products during production, storage and transport. Pesticides play a key role in modern agriculture, and have contributed to the increase in yields that has been achieved in recent decades for most major cereal, fruit and vegetable crops. EU legislation sets out strict rules on the use of pesticides in food production to ensure they do not pose a risk to people.


Pesticides and health (Q&A)

01 November 2016

Pesticides are substances used to repel or destroy harmful organisms known as pests (e.g. insects, weeds, fungi or rodents) to prevent diseases, or protects plants or plant products during production, storage and transport...


Healthy plants equal healthy food

03 November 2003

Consumers may wonder, as they bite into a piece of fresh fruit or crunch on a vegetable, what extra “ingredients” they might be about to swallow. The latest report from the European Commission on pesticides and food should allay any concerns in the minds of those who appreciate the goodness in healthy, fresh produce.