Life cycle impact assessment of pesticides

When active substances are spread into the environment
Conference Reports: 19th Discussion Forum on LCA

Abstract

Pesticides are biologically active substances that are directly released to the environment during the use phase of their life cycle. Pesticides are widely used and play an important role in the production of vital goods such as food, feedstuffs and cotton. The Discussion Forum 19 focused on the impact assessment of pesticides applied in agriculture. The discussion forum started with three talks about new approaches to estimate pesticide emissions and to assess their fate in the environment. The following short presentations illustrated the application of some of these methods in case studies and highlighted the problem of data availability. The last two presentations provided insight into risk assessment models used for pesticide registration from a company perspective and from the viewpoint of the authorities.

Keywords

19th Discussion Forum on LCA agriculture data availability pesticides risk assessment models 

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© Ecomed Publishers 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Institute for Chemical- and BioengineeringSafety and Environmental Technology GroupZurichSwitzerland

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