Tasos Haniotis, the deputy director-general at European Commission's DG AGRI, views new breeding techniques as a way to manage pests in agriculture, according to a leaked document seen by EURACTIV.com.
The European Commission has been unable to adequately measure and reduce either the effects or the risks from pesticides due to a lack of rigorous and suitable data, according to a new report from the European Court of Auditors, released on Wednesday (5 January).
Microbial and macrobial pesticides, or ‘biologicals’, have been rapidly gaining attention as a sustainable and environmentally friendly viable alternative to chemical pesticides. However, they are currently hampered by maladapted regulation, says the International Biocontrol Manufacturers Association (IBMA). EURACTIV reports.