The use of pesticides is extremely important in the maintenance of the highest quality and quantity standards in agricultural production and in the management of non-agricultural green areas; the inefficient use can pose a risk to human health as well as having negative impacts on the environment and on biodiversity. In order to reduce the risks to humans and encourage biodiversity, in recent years, a reference standard has been developed which defines the guidelines for the sustainable use of pesticides.
The European Community legislation transposed nationally by the National Action Plan (NAP Decree of 22 January 2014), requires Member States to adopt alternative methods to the use of pesticides in order to reduce the impact on the environment ensuring the achievement of the production and quality standards. The new challenges consist in defining and identifying all those technical, biological and biocompatible methodologies and the active ingredients that are able to combat plant diseases favouring the above mentioned objectives.
Studio Tovaglieri has been studying alternative methods and preparing actions plans for the use of pesticides designed ad hoc for each specific case (both in the public and private sectors) by implementing the most recently developed methods that have less impact on the environment.
Dr. Andrea Tovaglieri, owner of the firm, became a qualified Phytosanitary Consultant under the current legislation.