October 21, 2008
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 Environmental Policy Research, and was commissioned by ECPA (disclaimer: sponsor of Pesticide Information). At the event, I had an opportunity to speak to two of the panelists:
- Séan Rickard, Senior Lecturer in Business Economics from the Cranfield University School of Management, who wrote What price protection? An Economic Assessment of the Impact of Proposed Restrictions. He gave me his views on the derogation which gives a 5-year exemption on irreplaceable crop protection products and on food availability more broadly.
- Dr. Marcel Adenauer from EuroCARE Bonn and the University of Bonn, who headed the panel. Marcel talked about the possible effects on the price of fruit (the EuroCare report focuses on wheat and potatoes), the effects of price increases on the European economy as a whole, and the prospect of Europe giving up its primacy in food production.
For background information on this legislation visit EurActiv.Author : Helen Dunnett