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The BCPC in the UK hosted a food chain forum in June, attended by growers, advisors, retainers, consumer organisations and government representatives. They came together to discuss the impact of EU’s proposed legislation on UK food production, availability and price. Not an uncommon theme right now in the media.The event was described as a “wake-up… » read more

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Last week in Brussels, Dr. Harald von Witzke of Humboldt University presented a Working Paper entitled “Global agricultural market trends and their impacts on European Union agriculture” which he has co-authored. His presentation, in which he summarises the arguments and presents some of the numbers, may be viewed below. In the coming days, we will… » read more

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The European Parliament recently voiced its concerns regarding rising food prices in the EU and developing countries at its plenary discussion in April 2008. I raised the point that we should have a closer look at our European legislation and whether it allows for an increase of agricultural productivity. We have numerous legislation restricting the… » read more

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Blogger, Wyn Grant, posted an interesting entry today on his blog Good Agricultural Practice. He is following the EU legislation reform on pesticides and is on the stakeholders’ committee involved in the implementation strategy of the Pesticides Safety Directorate in the UK. He’s fully aware of the dangers of pesticides, saying: “Pesticides are toxic and… » read more

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Here are some more clips from interviews recorded at the scientific workshop in Ljubljana, Slovenia, last week (see other blog entries below). Dr Ian Denholm, Rothamsted Research, UK, speaks about the need for radical steps to meet the growing demand for food in Europe, and Lise Nistrup from Aarhus Universitet, Denmark, outlines the effects of… » read more

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While in Ljubljana at the Workshop on the Impact of the proposed Revision of Directive 91/414 on the sustainability of the European Resistance Management Tool Box (see Conclusions from workshop on impact of pesticides legislation entry below), I had the chance to speak to Dirk Müller-Thederan of the German daily Die Welt, who gave me… » read more

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The Financial Times published an article on Thursday 24 April entitled “EU warned over cut in number of pesticides”, in which Brussels correspondent Andy Bounds reported on the potential impact of proposed EU plans to restrict chemical use by farmers in Europe i.e. reducing harvests and preventing farmers from growing key crops in Europe which… » read more

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Last night, I attended a press conference following a scientists’ workshop on the impact of the proposed revision of the EU’s pesticide legislation (Directive 91/414). Ian Denholm from the Rothamsted Research institute, presenting the workshop’s conclusions, pleaded to EU legislators to involve scientists in a thorough risk-based assessment of the proposed legislation, which he said… » read more

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There are so many articles online highlighting the global increase in the cost of basic foods such as grain, corn, rice and the knock on effect this is having on the cost of beef. People fighting to get limited stocks of bread in Egypt, parents unable to feed their families in Asia due to staples… » read more

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