The EU is considering delaying plans to halve the use of pesticides over fears that the move could cut production and raise food prices at a time when they are under pressure from the conflict in Ukraine.
The Sustainable Use of Pesticides regulation intends to halve chemicals use by 2030. This was always an ambitious project, given the lack of progress in getting biological alternatives developed, registered and on the market - and training farmers in their use.
EU farm lobby Copa-Cogeca is pushing for a range of green initiatives to be delayed or abandoned.
The current Czech presidency does not expect to find a compromise by the end of the year and there is some unease in the European Parliament about the proposal.