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Jackie Bird

Dr Jackie Bird was editor of Agrow between 1996 and 2007. This followed eight years working on other agricultural titles at Informa.

Since moving to live in the north-west of England in 2007, she has worked freelance for Agrow, covering EU regulatory affairs.
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ED criteria for agchems apply in EU from October

New criteria for identifying agrochemical active ingredients, safeners or synergists that are potential endocrine disruptors (EDs) will be applied in the EU from October 20th.
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MEPs clear new organic rules

The European Parliament has voted in favour of draft rules on the production and labelling of organic food.
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EFSA compares residues in organic and conventional food

An analysis of pesticide residue monitoring data in Europe found pesticide residues in 44% of conventional food samples and 6.5% of organic food samples, says the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).
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MEP pesticide committee starts hearings

“We must dare to do everything” to develop new pesticide authorisation practices that restore citizens’ confidence in the EU process, says MEP Eric Andrieu, chair of the special committee on pesticides set up by the European Parliament in January.

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EU farmers urge action on new plant breeding methods

The EU must improve its “challenging” regulatory policy on new plant breeding techniques (NBTs) or be left behind by US advances in this area, warns European farmers’ group Copa-Cogeca.

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EU aims for April vote on neonic ban

The European Commission has scheduled a vote for April 27th by EU member states on its proposal to ban all outdoor uses of the three neonicotinoid insecticides, clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam.
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