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Towards chemical pesticide free agriculture

European Scientific Conference – Crop protection futures in agriculture

24 & 25 May 2023 - Uppsala, SWEDEN & online

European Scientific Conference – Crop protection futures in agriculture
Discuss strategies for crop protection with little or no chemical pesticides to make crop production more robust, resource-efficient and environmentally friendly.

European and global food production face major challenges which call for impact assessments and coordination of knowledge, innovation and transformation.

Our current cropping system is highly dependent on inputs of chemical pesticides and mineral fertilisers, with a negative impact on human health and the environment. The systems are also vulnerable to long and broken supply chains, climate change and pest outbreaks. Cropping needs to become more robust, resource-efficient and environmentally friendly.

To make cropping sustainable, it is paramount to maintain plant health and minimize crop losses due to pests, diseases and weeds. Fewer and fewer chemical pesticides are available to the farmers as they are phased out and few new reaches the market. No new modes of action of pesticides have been discovered (none since 1994), and pests and weeds are ever more resistant to available pesticides.

Ambitious plans are put in place for decreased pesticide use and risks, such as the EU Farm to Fork strategy. These shifts pose challenges, but also open opportunities for productive, competitive and sustainable food production.

On 24 May 2023, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) hosts a day with science–policy discussions on the future of crop protection inagriculture, with the support of its partners of the European Research Alliance “Towards a Chemical Pesticide-Free agriculture”. The focus will be on recent achievements, future solutions and ways forward. Presentations and discussions will feed into current hotly debated policy developments related to crop protection and pesticide use within the European Union and its member states.

The day will be divided into three plenary sessions:

  • Recent and near future scientific achievements and challenges
  • Policy impact evaluations and knowledge needs
  • Knowledge and dialogue on science, policy, farming and food

Online participation is possible for the Conference of 24 May.

On the morning of 25 May, participants on site are invited to a field excursion to discover SLU’s research on pesticide reduction.

Check the programme and register until 15 May on the event’s website.


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