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Pilot study to assess the environmental risk associated with conventional and integrated pesticide use (IFS and EMA) - PS0406

Description
The purpose of this study is to use the EMA Pesticide Module to assess the environmental risk associated with two contrasting pesticide regimes (conventional and integrated) adopted at three of the six sites of the now completed LINK Integrated farming Systems (IFS) Project (CSA 2163). This will provide additional information to that already published from the Project on pesticide usage and effects on non-target species, on the level of risk to wildlife and the physical environment from the choices of pesticide active ingredients that were made.

The proposed 150 crop pesticide use datasets will also be used to validate the Pesticide Module of the Environmental Management for Agriculture (EMA) programme, so that a useful tool will be made available to farmers who wish to assess the environmental impact of their arable production practices. The main part of the EMA Module evaluation is being completed under MAFF projects CSA 4719 & PS 0421.

This study addresses MAFF’s policy objectives for Pesticide Safety and Arable Crop Production especially to reduce the environmental impact of pesticides and promote more sustainable production techniques. This pilot study will determine whether adopting integrated practices offer benefits for the environment, and if this study is successful, a full evaluation of data from all the sites in the LINK IFS and other research/demonstration projects in the Integrated Arable Production Alliance (IACPA) will be proposed.

Objective
1. To undertake a pilot study to assess and compare the environmental risk of two contrasting pesticide regimes to determine whether adopting an integrated farming system will help to reduce the environmental impact of conventional arable production.

2. To validate the EMA Pesticide Module with appropriate data from well-monitored farm plots, so that the programme can be made available to farmers to assess the environmental impact of their production practices.

The aim will be to complete objectives 1 and 2, write a report and paper by the end of September 2001.
Project Documents
• Final Report : Pilot study to assess the environmental risk associated with conventional and integrated pesticide use (IFS and EMA)   (96k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2001

To: 2001

Cost: £25,000
Contractor / Funded Organisations
ADAS UK Ltd.
Keywords
Environmental Effects              
Pest and Weed Control              
Pesticide use              
Plants and Animals              
Fields of Study
Pesticide Safety