The European Green Deal includes a reduction target for chemical pesticides of 50% by 2030,
indicating that environmental degradation from pesticide application is a major concern for
Here, we investigate pesticide use in Swedish agriculture from a Life Cycle
Assessment perspective. In doing so, we aim at providing scientific input for designing
efficient policy interventions to reduce environmental degradation from pesticide use in
agriculture. We find that:
- Pesticide applications should be considered at the Active Substance level with a
toxicity-weighted metric when evaluating their environmental impacts.
- Considering the environmental benefits and economic costs of measures to reduce
pesticide use are essential to ensure efficient policy interventions.
- A discussion beyond the 50% reduction target is needed to ascertain what
environmental improvements the Green Deal intends to achieve.