71 factsheet

 SPRINT has just published a report and factsheet, which explore the lock-ins and barriers surrounding a transition away from reliance on synthetic pesticides. 

This research highlights that progress towards reduced reliance and dependence on synthetic pesticides is hindered by an ongoing pesticide lock-in situation. There are many interrelated processes and direct barriers that mutually reinforce each other to limit or substantially slow down a wider transition away from a reliance on chemical pesticides. We have identified the key lock-in mechanisms and barriers across different dimensions including: agronomy and research, economics, knowledge, policy, regulation and cognition. While specific barriers may vary, many apply across different farming systems. The interaction of these mechanisms and barriers creates a complex situation. For example, the absence or high cost of biocontrol limits openness to non-chemical alternatives, while farmers have already invested substantial resources in mechanised pesticide applications. Furthermore, authorities rely on emergency authorisations, rather than considering alternatives like growing other crops or the redesign of farming systems due to the cost and effort involved.

Read the full report here: tinyurl.com/58bcm2n4

Read the concise factsheet here: https://t.co/vQLkzx5rkT