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What agricultural regulation can learn from pharma

Medicine has moved from old wives’ tales to a discipline founded on evidence, but agriculture and conservation haven’t completely caught up. A new paper by Defra’s chief scientific advisor and a collaborator argues that insights from pharmaceutical science can inform pesticide regulation and monitoring.

During the early stages of discovery and testing, pharmaceuticals and pesticides are regulated in a similar way. However, this changes in the later stages of testing and after approval, when pesticide monitoring lags far behind. Continue reading

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February news round-up

EU executive set to back new GM crop

The crop in question is a insect-resistant maize for human consumption. Ministers and diplomats from 19 of the 28 EU countries opposed approval, but that’s not enough to reject the crop. There will likely also be a proposal on GM cultivation that would allow individual member states to ban GM crops if they wished.

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