China plans gradual replacement of all “high-toxicity” pesticides
Usage of toxic pesticides has been put under the spotlight in China, with increasing public pressure for further bans, since the country implemented its “strictest ever” food safety laws in April, says the national newspaper, the Legal Daily. The use of 33 of what the country classifies as “high-toxicity” pesticide active ingredients has been banned in China, with only 12 such ais still permitted for use, all of which are insecticides. The newspaper quotes China’s Ministry of Agriculture as saying that banning the remaining 12 is “as yet” unfeasible, with the control of certain soil insect pests and nematodes dependent on them. As new pesticides are introduced, however, the Ministry expects that these ais will gradually be replaced. “High-toxicity” pesticides account for just 3% of China’s total pesticide usage. Last month, China unveiled plans to ban six pesticide ais, with the sanction planned to begin in October.