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UK Pesticides Campaign
Current regulations for the use of pesticides in the UK require that workers wear appropriate protective clothing and follow prescribed procedures for the handling of toxic agricultural substances. These regulations do not extend to exposure of such substances by members of the public. Farmers are not required by law to reveal the nature of the chemicals they use, nor are there any rules limiting how close to adjacent premises they may spray a chemical.
The UK Presticide Campaign challenges current policy by focusing on pesticide exposure for people in agricultural areas.
The Campaign originated from the ill health suffered by its founder, Georgina Downs. While living in a rural location during her teens and early twenties, Downs suffered repeated illness due to cumulative bystander exposure of pesticide spraying from nearby agricultural farmland. Her repeated suffering prompted Downs to investigate the issue of pesticides and their effect on human health. Her research also included a study of current legislation on the use of pesticides. What she found fired her will to challenge the UK Government's policy on pesticide use.
UK Pesticides Campaign
The Campaign centres on the issue of pesticide exposure for people in agricultural areas. Downs conducted her own research into the problem and discovered that farmers are not legally obliged to inform nearby residents of the type of chemicals used, nor how dangerous they are. Yet, these same farmers have to adhere to any safety regulations when using the chemicals, such as wearing protective clothing. Although laws exist to limit the amount of pesticide residues in soils and plants, no laws exist to protect the public from the spraying of pesticides.
The Campaign has gained support from members of the public in rural areas who have suffered illness due to their proximity to farms that use pesticides, from organisations related to environmental concerns, and from awards organisations that honour outstanding achievement. Downs now has a database of nearly one thousand cases of people living in areas where pesticides are used regularly.
The UK Pesticides Campaign has gained media exposure since its inception, with newspaper, TV, and radio reports and interviews in the UK.
The Campaign is not alone in its pursuit of tighter regulations, with there being similar concerns about pesticide use in other countries such as the United States, and within the EU.
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