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Eco-hero fights pesticides

Pesticides campaigner Georgina Downs has won the right to have her legal challenge against the UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) heard in the British High Court. She is a member of the public who has independently decided to contest Defra’s policy on pesticide usage. Georgina decided to take this case to court after getting sick while living near fields that were regularly sprayed with pesticides.

She will argue that that there has never been a proper risk assessment into the effects of long-term exposure to pesticides in people who live or work near sprayed fields. This could mean there is no evidence to support UK Government assertions that there are no health risks from crop spraying.

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