PFAS Active Substances in UK Pesticides

PFAS Active Substances in UK Pesticides

This report investigates the use of PFAS as an active pesticide substance in the UK, with particular focus on the UK arable sector. Pesticide active substances present a direct route for PFAS into the environment, threatening soil health and productivity. PFAS are known to alter soil microbial communities and reduce the biodiversity and connectivity of soil bacteria, all of which can impact crop yields. 

Key findings:

  • PFAS pesticides are used across all agricultural crop sectors in the UK. 
  • In 2022, PFAS pesticides were sprayed on the equivalent of more than 10.6 million hectares of arable crops.  
  • PFAS pesticides represented 16% of the most used pesticides within the arable sector in 2022.  
  • Six PFAS pesticides that were included on the arable sectors most used pesticides list have significantly increased in use between 2020 and 2022.  

Published, July 2024

Language: English

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