Comparison of the environmental risk of pesticides used in conventional and integrated farming systems for farms

This was a relatively small pilot project looking (retrospectively), at the pesticide data collected during the LINK IFS study carried out by ADAS and others. The LINK project set out to compare (financially and environmentally) conventional, organic and integrated management systems. During the time of the LINK project techniques to assess the environmental impact of pesticides were still in their infancy and comparisons were made on the basis of the amount of active substance used. AERU in collaboration with Central Science Laboratory (CSL) and National Soil Resources Institute (Cranfield University) developed a new state-of-the-art technique (p-EMA) to assess the fate and environmental risks of pesticides. This project was commissioned by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to apply p-EMA to three of the original nine LINK project sites (Boxworth and Sacrewell in Cambridge and Lower Hope in Herefordshire), with the aim of improving on the original comparison process.

The project was carried out in collaboration with ADAS Mowthorpe, and supported by the organisations below. It is anticipated that the pilot project will be extended to cover all of original the LINK project sites.


Prof. Kathy Lewis


University of Hertfordshire
University of Hertfordshire, 2017.