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IBMA & IEEP Press Release:
Exploring the benefits of biocontrol for sustainable agriculture

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Exploring the benefits of biocontrol for sustainable agriculture – A literature review on biocontrol in light of the European Green Deal, Institute for European Environmental Policy, Hulot, J.F. and Hiller, N., 2021 (pdf)

Biocontrol can offer a systemic and balanced solution for sustainable agriculture

A new report by the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) identifies the benefits of biocontrol as an alternative to environmentally harmful plant protection methods.

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The effect of plant protection methods on biodiversity and health are now at the centre of political and technical discussions. Particularly in face of the upcoming revision of the Sustainable Use Directive, a milestone within the implementation of the Green Deal objectives, it is essential to explore sustainable alternatives.

Key findings:

Top five policy recommendations:

  1. Definition: Using a common EU definition on biocontrol would bring clarity of its technical aspects to the political discussion on pest control for sustainable agriculture.
  2. Legal framework: Adapting the current EU legal framework to recognise the non-toxic implications of biocontrol, in comparison to chemical products, should be considered.
  3. Alignment opportunities: By increasing the uptake of biocontrol use, as part of IPM, the CAP can be better aligned with the SDGs and the Farm-to-Fork strategy – in creating a pathway for achieving the 2030 targets on organic farming and chemical pesticide reduction.
  4. Research needs: Extending research topics and investment beyond technical issues to biocontrol's relation to climate change mitigation and farm economics will create a more holistic image of the impact of the use of biocontrol.
  5. Field application: Pushing for larger scale and accelerated application, supported by available policy instruments in the Common Agricultural Policy, will show the potential that biocontrol demonstrates for controlling plant pests and diseases, in support of EU Green Deal targets.

Download new report:

Exploring the benefits of biocontrol for sustainable agriculture – A literature review on biocontrol in light of the European Green Deal, Institute for European Environmental Policy, Hulot, J.F. and Hiller, N., 2021 (pdf)

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