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EU consumers cut back on garden pesticides

A European Commission survey has found that 78% of respondents are avoiding the use of pesticides and fertilisers in their gardens because of possible impacts on water quality. Such action was most common in Greece, Germany, Austria and Slovenia (86-87%), but least likely in Lithuania and Malta (both 59%). When questioned on other individual actions taken to reduce water-related problems, 84% said they used less water, while 60% used "eco-friendly" household chemicals. Chemical pollution was considered by 75% of respondents as the main threat to the water environment. Some 66% thought the use of water, pesticides and fertilisers in agriculture had a large impact on water status. This was in second position to industrial water use and pollution (72%). The survey covered over 25,500 people across all member states in January 2009.

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