Limerick Farms Use High Levels of MCPA Pesticide

Pesticides have been listed by the Irish EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) as potentially dangerous pollutants that may pose a significant risk to the water environment throughout the Republic of Ireland. Although pesticides and herbicides are a very important tool used by farmers in modern agriculture, they also pose a threat to human and animal health due to off-site migration and their detrimental effects on surface water and groundwater quality. Furthermore, the introduction of new products using new formulas or new ingredients in the manufacture of pesticides could result in diffuse inputs of new pollutants into the environment and the resultant environmental consequences are barely understood. Computed data shows that MCPA, Glyphosate, Chlorothalonil, Mecoprop-P, Chlormequat and Mancozeb are the six most...

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