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EU rules prompt safer agchem use in developing countries

The EU’s strict regulations on pesticide residues have encouraged farmers in developing countries to adopt safer ways of using pesticides, concludes research reported by the European Commission’s Environment Directorate General. The study, by J and R Okello in the Environment, Development and Sustainability journal, investigated green bean farming in Kenya. The country is a major exporter to the EU. The research compared 180 family farmers, with one group supplying exporting companies that enforce EU pesticide standards and the other supplying “non-discerning” exporters.

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