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Theoretical Developments and Empirical Measurement of the External Costs of Pesticides

Theoretical Developments and Empirical Measurement of the External Costs of Pesticides

Objective

Pesticides are defined as chemical substances protecting plants from pathogens, insects, nematodes and weeds. They are used to secure yields, improve quality of food and facilitate harvesting. However, their heavy use in agriculture resulted in pest resistance, ground, surface and water contamination as well as possible health problems on farmers/operators and consumers. Within this context, the objective of the proposed research stems from the need to provide a solid methodological framework and empirical evaluation which will assist policymakers in identifying the true impact of pesticides on agricultural production. The obtained results may well serve as a benchmark for the foundation of future EU policy schemes aiming at achieving a sustainable use of pesticides in European agriculture. In this respect, the proposed project intends to provide an accurate assessment of the external costs of agricultural pesticide use and contribute to the relevant EU policies by developing tools for designing a socially optimal tax and levy scheme aimed at the reduction of pesticide use to its socially optimal level. Specific consideration will be given to the effects of the accrued scheme and alternative policy tools on the socially optimal pesticide use, as well as on economic sustainability and social welfare. Moreover, the proposed research will identify means that can help in the promotion of more integrated pesticide management practices. The project fulfils its aims by combining traditional and well-established theoretical methodologies with the most recent advancements in economic theory, biological and technical scientific work, ultimately developing a consistent and integrated analytical framework. The validity of the employed theoretical models and policy tools will be extensively verified by applying them in selected EU countries, thereby accounting for the diversity in pesticide use among producers in different geographical locations.

Coordinator

ARISTOTELIO PANEPISTIMIO THESSALONIKIS

Address

Kedea Building, Tritis Septemvriou, Aristotle Univ Campus
54636 Thessaloniki

Greece

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 374 360

Administrative Contact

Konstadinos Mattas (Prof.)

Participants (9)

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PANEPISTIMIO KRITIS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 260 600

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 256 420

SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 253 400

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

France

EU Contribution

€ 252 200

ABERYSTWYTH UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 255 760

UNIVERSITY OF CYPRUS

Cyprus

EU Contribution

€ 242 080

INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE RECURSOS BIOLOGICOS I.P. INRB

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 139 080

UNIVERSITY OF NATIONAL AND WORLD ECONOMY

Bulgaria

EU Contribution

€ 134 200

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 98 280

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 212120

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 May 2008

  • End date

    30 April 2011

Funded under:

FP7-KBBE

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 955 520

  • EU contribution

    € 2 266 380

Coordinated by:

ARISTOTELIO PANEPISTIMIO THESSALONIKIS

Greece