Pesticide bystander fight taken to Europe


Georgina Downs has decided to fight the UK government in the European courts, after Defra appealed against a landmark High Court decision in November 2008 which ruled they had acted without due regard. The Judge, Mr Justice Collins, described the Government’s rules to protect bystanders from pesticides as ‘unlawful’.

He said Ms Downs had provided ‘solid evidence that residents have suffered harm to their health’ from pesticides and ruled Defra ‘must take steps to produce an adequate assessment of the risks to residents’.

However, Defra lodged an appeal in July 2009 and the ruling was overturned in the Court of Appeal.

Farmers Weekly (14 Jan)
Farmers Guardian (12 Jan)
The Guardian (11 Jan)


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