As predicted yesterday in a ScienceInsider preview, the European Parliament voted this morning to approve proposed legislation revising pesticide regulations, despite intense last-minute lobbying by farmers and researchers concerned about crop yields and the development of resistance to remaining pesticides. Scientists are already reacting against the decision. "There is a real concern that this decision reflects the continued dissemination of opinions based on half-truth, misunderstanding, and deliberate misrepresentation. This decision is not supported by the current state of the science,” says toxicologist Alan Boobis, at the Imperial College London, in one of several critical comments released by the U.K. Science Media Centre.
The new legislation, expected to result in the banning of up to 23% of currently approved pesticides, will be gradually implemented and will supersede the old regulations over the next 10 years.