Tsipe’s and Virve Sõber’s articles and radio visit about the increase in the pesticide use

Tsipe wrote with Virve Sõber a two-part article about the use of pesticides in Sirp. According to a recent report, the amounts of glyphosate used in Estonian agriculture per unit area of conventional agricultural land is higher than the European average. Over the last decade, the number of residues of different pesticides has increased from 0.61 to 7 on average per field sample. In 2017, it was decided to allow glyphosate in the EU for another five years, i.e. until the end of 2022. However, it is not certain that it will not be extended further. In addition, the different interactions and effects of pesticides, for example with microplastics, have not been extensively studied. Nor is it certain that pesticides within the norms, especially glyphosate, are safe. Although several European countries have started to reduce the use of glyphosate, Estonia has not yet taken steps to do so. Read the first part of the article here and second here (in Estonian).

Tsipe and Virve also went to talk about the same topic in radio Kuku (in Estonian) and wrote another article in Postimees (in Estonian).

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