formulation and evaluation
- Review of published data on exposure to pesticides for residents and bystanders: The aim of this project was to undertake a number of systematic reviews, and collate and evaluate data in terms of its quality and suitability for upgrading this EFSA's dataset in relation to this growing issue in relation to pesticide use.
- Review of livestock feed additives that have direct beneficial effects on the environment: For this project AERU undertook a thorough, critical and systematic review of existing evidence in relation to the environmental benefits associated with certain livestock feed additives.
- Effective approaches to
environmental labelling of food products: This Defra funded
research project will explore the practicality and effectiveness of
environmental labelling of food as a mechanism to promote behavioural
change in order to reduce the negative environmental impacts of food
production and consumption.
- Priorities for the
environmental protection of soil: Insufficient understanding
and uncertainty surrounding the way soils perform their functions, and
the processes that govern their formation and maintenance, means it is
difficult to define what exactly we are trying to protect. This project
developed a methodology that provides a risk-based approach for
prioritising current and possible future issues for soil protection at
a variety of scales (in England and Wales).
- Development of an
environmental banding for the government's proposed pesticide tax:
AERU were involved in a project to design a pesticide tax / charging
scheme for the UK. Specifically AERU developed a system that would band
pesticides according to their potential environmental impact. This
banding could then be used to set different levels of tax / charge,
with the aim of setting a higher level for more environmentally
damaging pesticides so as to discourage their use. Although this tax is
yet to be implemented, government maintains its right to do so, if
other means of addressing pollution issues are not deemed to be
details of these and other relevant projects can be found in our Projects section.