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UK court rules in favour of buffer zones

A UK High Court ruling has asked the country’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to take steps to produce an adequate assessment of the risks to residents living near fields. The ruling stated that there was “solid evidence” that residents have suffered harm to their health. It said that at the very least, doubts have reasonably been raised as to the safety of pesticides “under the regime which presently exists”. The Court felt that there was a strong case for the creation of a buffer zone and advised the DEFRA to reconsider what needed to be done.

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