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Update: agriculture

Michael Aubrey considers cases on exposure to pesticides, compensation for animal culling and accidents involving livestock – and bovine power generation

18 August 2009

One could be forgiven for believing that the Court of Appeal decision in Secretary of State for the Environment v Downs [2009] EWCA Civ 664 (Solicitors Journal 153/27, 14 July 2009) will serve merely to perpetuate the status quo ante, namely that growers can spray pesticides with impunity without the need to inform or consult nearby residents.

Georgina Downs, 35-year-old environmental campaigner and winner of the Daily Mail’s ‘Inspirational Eco Woman of the Year’ last May, has been exposed to close-proximity crop spraying since moving with her parents to Sussex at the age of 11, although it was not until the early 1990s that her doctors discovered abnormal levels of pesticides in her blood.

Downs’ original judicial review claim in 2004 stemmed from DEFRA’s refusal to “apply mandatory ‘no-spray’ buffer zones around agricultural land to protect rural residents from use of pesticides by farmers”, in spite of such a policy being strong...

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