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When I attended the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee of the European Parliament with colleagues on Monday to give evidence the question of an EU-wide impact assessment of the 91/414 revisions was again raised. The Commission response was that they had undertaken an impact assessment in 2006. However, this impact assessment is widely considered to… » read more

Posted by Wyn Grant

We recently had the opportunity to talk to Richard Davis, Director of Approvals, from the UK’s Pesticides Safety Directorate (PSD) just a few days before the Directorate issued a revised impact assessment on the proposed revisions to existing pesticide legislation (Directive 91/414/EEC). PSD received a fair amount of criticism for its first report so we… » read more

Posted by Helen Dunnett

This week a pesticide-resistance petition, signed by 72 scientists and agriculturists, was presented to the European Parliament. The scientists are concerned that revisions to the existing European pesticide legislation which includes reducing the number of pesticides on the market could lead to pests developing resistances to remaining products. The scientists say that fewer active ingredients… » read more

Posted by Helen Dunnett

Last week, we visited Pekka Pesonen, Secretary-General of Copa-Cogeca, the European association for farmers and farmers’ co-operatives, operating in Brussels. In the first video, you’ll hear Pekka speaking about farmers’ views of the revision of the pesticides regulation, the difficulty in ensuring that imports have been subjected to the same conditions as products from within… » read more

Posted by Helen Dunnett

At the Pesticides in Sustainable Agriculture event (see previous entries below), we spoke to Pieter de Pous of the European Environmental Bureau (EEB), which is a federation of 140+ environmental organisations based all over Europe. We asked for his take on the day’s event from the perspective of his organisation. Although Pieter does not strictly… » read more

Posted by Helen Dunnett

Post the voting yesterday by the European Parliament’s Environment committee on the revision of pesticide legislation, industry, NGOs and politicians have all been quick to voice their opinions on this major milestone. As usual, EurActiv has made an excellent summary of events: Pesticides: Tough negotiations ahead after MEPs’ ban, which I recommend reading. Plus I… » read more

Posted by Helen Dunnett

At the event we recently attended in southern Spain (see entries below), we asked two journalists, one from the trade press publication, Editorial Agricola Española, and the other from the press agency, EFE, how the issue of the revision of the European pesticides regulation, Directive 91/414, was being dealt with by the Spanish press. Click… » read more

Posted by Helen Dunnett

At the European Voice event we recently attended (see our previous entry) we had a short chat with Mr Otmar Weingarten, who is Managing Director of the the Verband Deutscher Hopfenpflanzer, the Association of German Hop Growers. Mr Weingarten spoke about: the yield and quality reductions that German hop growers (who account for a third… » read more

Posted by Helen Dunnett

International Policy Network, a UK think-tank, issued a statement today on their assessment of the ongoing reform of European pesticide legislation, Directive 91/414. Professor Sir Colin Berry, Emeritus Professor of Pathology at Queen Mary College, University of London, and former UK government scientist, criticised the proposed legislation saying: “The costs of implementing this legislation will… » read more

Posted by Helen Dunnett

Following our visit to the Efyasa farm in Spain, we spoke to chief agronomist José Luis Ripolles. He mentioned the quality issue arising from attacks by the California Red Scale pest; the limited use of pesticides in citrus fruit farming in Spain; and the fact that the five year exemption on irreplaceable pesticides being touted… » read more

Posted by Helen Dunnett