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We have another interview from the Forum for the Future of Agriculture for you (see previous posts below), this time with Hervé Morize, Chairman of the Société des Agriculteurs de France, or the French association of farmers. Mr Morize dispels the myth that productivity and protection of the environment can not go hand in hand,… » read more

Posted by Helen Dunnett

Bees are a fundamental part of sustainable agriculture. Bees and other pollinating insects are responsible for the pollination of more than 80% of crops in Europe. So it’s been extremely worrying to see a mass decline in them over the past years. It’s got to such a critical point that this year the EU has… » read more

Posted by Helen Dunnett

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

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

The ‘minor uses’ problem

A frequently expressed concern is that the main potential losers from the proposed changes in pesticide rules might be various fruits and vegatables such as peas, cabbages and carrots. The relatively small volumes of production might not justify the commercial effort to find replacement products. Although customarily referred to as ‘minor uses’ of plant protection… » read more

Posted by Wyn Grant

Last week we attended a press briefing in Brussels for the launch of a new impact study that looks at the possible price increases on agricultural markets in Europe if current revisions of the regulation governing pesticides (Directive 91/414) are approved. The study was produced by EuroCARE BONN, the European Centre for Agricultural, Regional and… » read more

Posted by Helen Dunnett

We attended the Healthy Foods Summit in London earlier this week with our trusted handycam. Following the keynote debate on food production, we spoke to two of the panel members, Helen Browning, Food and Farming Director at the Soil Association and Caroline Drummond, Chief Executive of LEAF, an association that specialises in integrated farm management… » read more

Posted by Helen Dunnett

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,… » read more

Posted by Helen Dunnett