|Farming without plant protection products: Can we grow without using herbicides, fungicides and insecticides?|
Plant Protection Products (PPPs) are often perceived by citizens as very harmful for human health and for the environment. The tendency in EU policy is to stimulate reduction in use of PPPs. Can we maintain high yield while using less PPPs? This document presents the current state-of-the-art regarding the role of PPPs in securing global food production, preserving biodiversity and supporting farmers’ income. The role various stakeholders play in the current perception of risk by the general public is explored, and the paper comments on promising alternative, and more sustainable, strategies to further reduce PPP use. This report is meant as a background document to support the debate that will take place during the workshop ‘Farming without plant protection products?’, 6 March 2019, which contrasts the contents of this report with perspectives from conventional agriculture, the stance of organic farmers and the viewpoint of consumers.