The Panel for the Future of Science and Technology of the European
Parliament has published a report, Farming without plant protection
products. The report presents the current role of plant protection products
(PPPs) in securing global food production, preserving biodiversity, and
supporting farmer's income in the EU.
The report's section on Novel technologies and their impact on pesticide use
discusses agricultural technologies, including biotechnology, crop
protection products, and the new genome editing tool CRISPR. However,
genetically modified and genome-edited crops must comply with the strict
conditions of the EU GMO legislation. The authors said, "In our opinion,
Europe is missing out a great opportunity to implement these technologies to
reduce PPP use."