Fruit and vegetable sector criticize European Commission for failing to look at the wider impact of the pesticide proposals
October 8, 2008
Representatives from Europe’s fresh and processed fruit and vegetable sector voiced their concern last week about the ongoing revisions to the pesticide legislation.
They argue that if the pesticide legislation goes through based on the European Parliament’s amendments adopted during first reading of this Directive last year, it will remove many plant protection solutions (fungicides, herbicides, insecticides) currently available to protect European fruit and vegetable crops. They highlight carrots, onions, broccoli and cauliflower being potentially the hardest hit, going on to add that they believe it is likely that farmers will decide not to grow certain crops in future due to the lack of any effective plant production products to protect their crops from disease and attack which ensure a reasonable crop at harvest.
The sector can also foresee an increase in the cost of fruit and vegetables which they believe will “have a knock-on effect on fruit and vegetable consumption” at a time when the Commission itself has set nutrition and obesity as one of the key priorities in the EU public health policy as seen in their White Paper A Strategy for Europe on Nutrition, Overweight and Obesity related health issues.Helen Dunnett