Lobbying for for a Healthy Harvest

The NFU, CPA and AIC's campaign for sound, science-based regulation of plant protection products has been taken to MEPs and Commission delegates in Brussels.

The Healthy Harvest campaign is backed by a report by Andersons, and concludes there are severe impacts on UK agriculture and the wider economy from the loss or restriction of products due to over-precautionary EU regulation:

  • The domestic production of iconic British foods such as frozen peas, apples and carrots could be drastically reduced

  • Up to 44,000 jobs in the associated workforce could be lost

  • Agriculture’s contribution to the economy could drop by 36 per cent (£1.6bn)

A report commissioned by AHDB strengthened these findings with scientific analysis of the potential impact of reduced availability of PPPs as a result of overly precautionary definitions of endocrine disruptors. The worst case scenario was a farmgate value loss of £3.3billion.

The organisations’ key asks for MEPs and EU regulators are for regulation to be risk-based, considering dose and exposure, and for the impact of loss of active ingredients in PPPs to be considered, so it’s aligned with the regulation of other chemistry.

Guy Smith_275_413NFU Vice President, Guy Smith said: “We have been warning that in the lifetime of the current European Parliament, we would face significant threats to PPPs.  With this in mind, informing MEPs and Commission staff who write and influence the regulation imposed on UK and EU farmers is a vital part of the Healthy Harvest campaign.

“British farmers are increasingly lacking the plant and crop protection tools, causing problems that their competitors outside of Europe don’t have. Many retailers, as well as the most of the food industry, look to cheaper imports globally from farms which use PPPs not allowed in the UK and the EU.

“If regulators continue to stifle British food production through bad regulation then they are exporting our agricultural production capabilities to those parts of the world which have a less hostile attitude to food production.”

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  • Posted by: Don MorrisPosted on: 05/02/2015 10:07:02

    Comment: 2 worrying trends.
    1. Yesterday I attended Fenland Council`s public vote on whether an AD plant could go ahead at Fengrain`s site in Wimblington Cambs. The County`s Planning,Transport and Environment Depts. had approved the plan. The Council chamber was packed by what could only be described as a well organised mob holding up placards all printed by what appeared to be one person. The objectors and some of the councillors appeared to have very little grasp of the facts and the councillors were intimidated into voting the application out for purely emotional reasons.
    2.The Chief Scientific Advisor for the EU, Anne Glover, appointed to bring a balanced opinion on scientific matters to the EU parliament. She was sacked after a very short time in the post by Jean-Claude Junker having been ignored by his predecessor Jose Manuel Barroso. He acted following pressure from a Greenpeace Campaign.
    What hope is there for reasoned argument?

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