The consultation covers the European Directive on the Sustainable Use of Pesticides.

And will look at the training of people who use agricultural chemicals, inspection of spraying equipment and cutting the risk of pollution from pesticides.

It will also put forward options on allowing people who live near farms and other agricultural areas to find out about pesticides used near homes.

Environment minister, Dan Norris, said: “Public health is our priority, and I look forward to hearing people’s views on how we can build on the UK’s very high pesticide safety standards.

“We need a balanced approach to further reduce the risks and impacts of pesticides on people and the environment, while ensuring we can continue to grow high-quality affordable food to help feed a growing population.”

The consultation, which has been launched by the Chemicals Regulation Directorate on behalf of Defra, runs until 4 May.

The consultation on the new EU legislation, together with impact assessments, can be found here.

Luke Walsh

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