Perspective: regulation of pest and disease control strategies and why (many) economists are concerned

Justus Wesseler*

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Pests and diseases are a continuous challenge in agriculture production. A wide range of control strategies have been and will continue to be developed. New control strategies are in almost all countries around the world assessed prior to approval for use in farmers' fields. This is rightly so to avoid and even reduce negative effects for human health and the environment. Over the past decades the approval processes have become increasingly politicized resulting in an increase in the direct approval costs and the length in approval time without increasing the safety of the final product. This reduces the development of control strategies and often has negative human health and environmental effects. Possibilities exist for improvements. They include reducing approval costs and approval time by streamlining the approval process and substituting approval requirements by strengthening ex-post liability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)578-582
JournalPest Management Science
Issue number3
Early online date14 Sep 2018
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2019


  • approval
  • economics
  • pest management strategies
  • policy
  • regulation

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