Environmental Review no. 2, 2012

The Agricultural Pesticide Load in Denmark 2007-2010.


A new indicator for the load on the environment and health as a result of the use of pesticides has been developed, the Pesticide Load Indicator (PLI). This can in turn be converted to describe the Area Load (AL) (load per area unit). The load figures supplement previously published pesticide statistics with calculations of the Treatment Frequency Index (TFI). The load calculations also provide a basis for developing a guidance/point system to allow farmers and other users of pesticides to make an informed selection among pesticides based on their properties. In the report, the data and principles on which the load calculations are based are described. The load figures (PLI and AL) for the years 2007-2010 are presented and discussed.

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