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The cool autumn air in Brussels means that the outdoor cafes are ideal places to sit, read and watch the world go by. This is a very pleasant, civilised and thoroughly European city. As with many European cities, there are little in the way of outward reminders of Belgium’s brutal colonial history. The behaviour of… » read more

Posted by Richard Tren

The derogation issue

Those who claim that reports like that by the UK Pesticides Safety Directorate (PSD) exaggerate the likely impact of proposed changes to EU pesticides legislation often point to the existence of a derogation in the Council’s common position. This would allow the continued use for up to five years of pesticides that would otherwise be… » read more

Posted by Wyn Grant

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

At last week’s British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium event (see entries below) we had a chat with Professor Alan Buckwell, Policy Director at the Country Land and Business Association in the UK, who chaired the event. We asked him how he thought the event had gone and whether industry’s demand for a full impact… » read more

Posted by Helen Dunnett

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

Substantial increases in household food prices could result if the European Parliament succeeds in pushing through its version of proposals to cut the availability of pesticides for use in agriculture. This is the key finding of a new report on the impact of the EU’s proposed pesticides legislation carried out by economist Sean Rickard of… » read more

Posted by Wyn Grant

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