The objective of the symposium, co-hosted by PAN, the International Biocontrol Manufacturers Association (IBMA), and the International Organisation for Biological Control (IOBC) together with the Greens, PSE and EPP groups in the European Parliament, was to promote the implementation of crop protection methods in the framework of sustainable agriculture.
This debate was essential to facilitate the implementation of the EU Directive on Sustainable Use of Pesticides, especially since all EU farmers need to comply with the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) from 1 January 2014 onwards. IPM is a system approach to farming based on a combination of agronomic preventions bearing in mind that alternatives exist and that pesticides shall only be used as the last resort.
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