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An inside view on pesticide policy

European governments are poised to ban neonicotinoid pesticides. Insights from six years as a senior government advisor have led me to conclude that agricultural reform is urgently needed, beyond cycles of pesticide licensing and withdrawal.

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I.L.B. is chief scientific advisor at DEFRA. The views in this paper are the author’s own.

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