When The Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN) published its new 2017 Sustainable Agriculture Standard in September 2016, it was accompanied with a completely updated set of SAN prohibited pesticides containing 125 active ingredients classified as Highly Hazardous Pesticides by the FAO/WHO, additional to 25 obsolete substances. These SAN lists will be binding for audits that take place on or after July 1, 2017.
During a special round of public consultation in 2015/16, stakeholders in North and South explained the challenge to eliminate at least one eighth of these 150 active ingredients on the short run. As a consequence, in September 2016 SAN issued a procedure for exceptional pesticide use and invited stakeholders to send applications for exceptional use. This reception period of applications was closed by March 31, 2017.
From a total of 69 applications received over the last six months, 75% complied with the published SAN information requirements for the potential use of 15 active ingredients in 28 countries and 35 crops.
Some of the applications include Fungicide carbendazim for the flower sector in Colombia; Nematicide ethoprophos for the pineapple sector in Costa Rica; and Herbicide glufosinate ammonium for the banana sector in the Philippines.
The SAN pesticide expert group will analyze the requests during its May meeting in Costa Rica and decide about which active ingredients may be used under strict SAN risk mitigation requirements until June 2020.
SAN will publish an updated policy by June 15, 2017 that will reflect the results of the expert group decisions.
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