The use of pesticides in public parks, recreation grounds and school facilities is set to be reduced drastically in coming years - the United Kingdom has an obligation under European Union law to create a national action plan by 2012 - as their use is either prohibited or scaled back in certain areas of application, reports the Ecologist.
I don't think that many people would argue against the restriction or banning of pesticide use as being a good thing but I'm truly struggling to see how any plan would be workable.
The removal of the chemical is the easy bit and forgetting the many people who either work in research and development, supply and distribution or application who'd lose their jobs, what alternatives are there to combating weed or pests disease on a wide scale?
Manual labour isn't the cheap commodity it once was, so a return to hoeing and hand weeding vast open spaces is impossible and cultural weed control just isn't commercially effective.
What are your thoughts?