July 18, 2008
As promised last week, here’s some more footage from our visit to JSR Farms in East Yorkshire, where Philip Huxtable, who has run JSR Farms for over 30 years, spoke to us about the potential effects of the proposed revision of the European Directive governing pesticides (91/414).
In this clip, he speaks about the threat of septoria on wheat, and the family of fungicides he uses to treat it – triazoles. These are under threat from the proposed revision, and could potentially cost him 30-40% of his annual yield.
As also mentioned in our last entry, Mr Huxtable’s statements of course represent a farmer’s views. We would recommend that you listen to this report from BBC Humberside radio by Chris Arundel, who was also present at the event, which seeks to provide a more balanced view of the issues (Mr. Arundel interviewed Elliott Cannell of the Pesticide Action Network, an anti-pesticides NGO).Author : Helen Dunnett