Taxes and subsidies are not the best ways to reduce the use of chemical pesticides, say Wageningen business economists in this month’s Agricultural Economics.
The European Union is considering financial incentives for getting farmers and horticulturalists to cut down on pesticide use. So Greek PhD researcher Theodoros Skevas wanted to find out if they would work. He has established that Dutch growers make excessive use of pesticides but that broad financial incentives will not do much to change that. Only incentives that take into account the variable growing conditions and risk management issues facing growers will stand any chance of success, concludes Skevas, who received his PhD last month from Alfons Oude Lansink, professor of Business Economics. AS