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At the British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium event we recently attended in Brussels, “The Importance of Science and Technology to the Future of European Agriculture and Food Production”, we had the chance to speak to Klaus Welsch, Group Vice-President of BASF Crop Protection in Europe, and asked for his take on the current legislative… » read more

Posted by Helen Dunnett

We attended an event in Brussels yesterday entitled “The Importance of Science and Technology to the Future of European Agriculture and Food Production”, organised by the British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium. Part of the event consisted of an expert panel discussion focussing on the following question: “the regulatory and political environment for science and… » read more

Posted by Helen Dunnett

On our recent farm trip to the JSR farms in Driffield, East Yorkshire, United Kingdom (see entries below), we spoke to a couple of the journalists present at the event to get their take on the issues of how pesticides are portrayed in the media, what they see as driving the debate, and what they… » read more

Posted by Helen Dunnett

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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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

Posted by ECPA

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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European Landowners (ELO) joined forces with Syngenta last week (27 March) to host a forum on the future of European agriculture. With a great programme, not surprisingly the event was well attended by a diverse group of stakeholders. I was there too and for the first time with a video camera, trying to capture various… » read more

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Week without pesticides

Elsewhere on the web, heated debates are taking place as to the official first day of Spring, historically the 20/21st March, however there is no question in the minds of the French activists MDRGF (Movement for Rights and Respect for Future Generations) who are organising their third year of ‘Week without pesticides’ in France today.… » read more

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