01/18/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

EU Bans Certain Pesticides

European Parliament negotiators have struck a political deal with EU countries about revising pesticide authorization rules that would reduce the number of crop chemicals on the market, officials said on Thursday.

The changes, to be debated by the full parliament in January and again by EU farm ministers after that, would replace a 1991 law and let groups of countries with similar geography and climate decide whether farmers may use specific products.

But politically, a broad consensus had now been reached that should smooth the way for a final deal to be rubber stamped, probably in the first few months of 2009, officials said.
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