Evaluation of the Dutch policy document on sustainable crop protection
Water quality has improved due to legislation on crop protection. However, policy objectives for ecological quality of surface waters and drinking water, as set in the Dutch policy document on sustainable crop protection, have not been achieved.
In addition, concentration levels of pesticides remained higher than water quality standards permit, at over half of all the measuring locations. Policy objectives were achieved for food safety and the economy. The largest concerns relate to occupational safety, especially in horticulture.
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