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Supporting a clear boundary between biostimulants and plant protection products


Biostimulants and plant protection products may share common ingredients. However, they have different functions. Biostimulants play a similar role as vitamins and enzymes do in human nutrition. That means it is more appropriate for biostimulants to be part of the broader family of fertilizing products.

Failing to consider the differences between biostimulants and plant protection products could seriously impede innovation and prevent companies from bringing new products and technologies to the market.
Biostimulants have the potential to improve farm profitability and competitiveness. They help ensure an adequate supply of safe, affordable food and foster a more sustainable agricultural sector in the European Union.

Biostimulants are defined by what they do not what they are
Professor Patrick du Jardin, University of Liège Gembloux

Biostimulants are made up of many substances and active ingredients. Their function is determined by a number of factors including the combination and concentration of components and how, where and to what crop they are applied. It is therefore vital that the function determines the regulatory pathway and NOT an isolated ingredient.

Allowing the presence of an ingredient to determine a product’s regulatory pathway is the equivalent of defining a lemon as a cleaning product because some of its components have disinfectant properties.

It also leads to ridiculous situations where companies are forced to withdraw products from the market because they contain active ingredients such as citric acid (otherwise known as lemon juice). Absurd, and yet a true story!

Learn more about why a clear boundary between fertilizing products and plant protection products must feature in the draft fertilizing products regulation, in our position paper.

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