Entries by David

EU Commission plans end to outdoor uses of bifenthrin

The European Commission has drafted proposals to ban outdoor agrochemical uses of the insecticide/acaricide, bifenthrin, and to restrict its use to permanent greenhouses. In a notification to the WTO Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade, the Commission says that it expects the proposals to be adopted in February 2018 and that there will be a […]

Glyphosate – State of play in the European Union

The renewal of glyphosate remains one of the most controversial issues in the EU at the moment. cqualified majority among the Member States to support it. As a compromise, the Commission presented a proposal for a 10 year renewal period instead of 15 years. During the last PAFF committee on July 20, 2017, the Commission asked the […]

EU open to ‘biodiversity clause’ to end glyphosate deadlock

The European Commission stands ready to insert a clause referring to biodiversity in the glyphosate renewal proposal if it is requested by member states, EURACTIV.com reports. The glyphosate debate heated up in September when French Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot announced Paris would vote against the renewal of Monsanto’s weed killer. The 28 member states will vote on the EU […]

EU dismisses claims of industry influence on glyphosate

The European Commission has dismissed claims of undue industry influence on its proposal to renew the EU approval of the herbicide, glyphosate. Environmentalist group Greenpeace quoted media reports that sections of the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) peer review were “copied, word for word” from the application for renewal submitted by the industry-led Glyphosate Task […]

Brazil’s glyphosate imports fall 70% in first half of year

Brazil has imported 17,000 tons of glyphosate in the first half of the year, according to a survey released by the portal Global Agrochemicals. The number shows a fall of over 70% in comparison with the 58,000 tons that came in the first six months of 2016. According to Global Agrochemicals, the fall in external purchase of glyphosate — […]

Strengthening rupee, low input costs to help Indian fertilizer firms

The Indian fertilizer industry is seeing green shoots after two years of low margin business, thanks to lower gas prices and appreciation of the rupee, coupled with lower input prices.Analysts and industry representatives estimate the industry’s net margins to improve conservatively to 5.5% in FY18 from 4.9% in FY17 and 2.7% in FY16. The improvement in profit […]

China develops smart pesticide

Chinese scientists have developed a smart pesticide that, once in the soil, is controllable and recyclable. A team led by Wu Zhengyan, professor with the Technical Biology Institute, under Hefei Institute of Physical Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, used diatomite, iron magnesium oxide and chitosan to make a compound that can be activated by changes […]

New EU rodenticide approval approach in force

A new approach for approving anti-coagulant rodenticide products for non-crop use in the EU will come into force on September 29th. It takes the form of a European Commission decision “addressing questions” regarding the comparative assessments that must be conducted to check if safer alternatives are available before product approvals are granted. The approach advises […]