Plans to ban dozens of pesticides will lead to more food shortages and send prices rising further, it was claimed yesterday.
A directive being proposed by the European Commission is designed to reduce the level of toxic chemicals in food.
It would lead to a ban on 15 per cent of pesticides, it has been estimated.
European plans to ban potentially dangerous pesticides will lead to more food shortages and send prices soaring even further, scientists have warned
Dr Ian Denholm, of Rothamsted Research Institute in Hertfordshire, said the ban was politically motivated and would have ' genuinely alarming' consequences, including pushing up food prices.
But anti-pesticide campaigners accused the scientists of scare mongering, and said the new rules were a sensible "precautionary move" that would protect people's health. More