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Pesticide use trends in
by Mike Owen
April 20, 1998 - A recent article in the Pesticide Action Network North America reported that the pesticide market in Europe grew for the third consecutive year in 1996 and was up 8.3% from 1995. This market represents $8.2 billion and is 29.5% of the world pesticide market. Interestingly, the actual volume of pesticide products purchased increased 6% or 265,000 tons. This is a significant change and occurs despite the presence of new chemistries that provide efficacy at low active ingredient amounts. Further, with several European countries imposing legislative mandates to reduce pesticide use, the increase in pesticide use is interesting. Finland, Ireland, Luxembourg and Sweden did not use large quantities of pesticides, while France and Italy purchased 88,000 and 79,000 tons respectively. Denmark and Holland, countries that have national pesticide use reduction policies, were not mentioned in the article.
Prepared by Mike Owen, extension weed management specialist, Department of Agronomy, Iowa State University
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