A "big" week for the future of pesticide authorization in the EU
The politically charged debate surrounding the future use of a number of key agricultural pesticides continues in Europe this week. At the European Commission, the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (ScoPAFF) meet on the 5th and 6th Oct to discuss the “EU Renewal of Glyphosate”. The license for glyphosate will expire on 15th December 2017 and it is crucial to have a positive outcome prior to that date. In advance of these meetings and in support of its commitment to EU farmers; Kleffmann attended a lunch discussion on 3rd October at the European Parliament (Strasbourg) to discuss the possible agricultural impact in case of a non-renewal. Dr Bob Fairclough (Kleffmann Group) presented data from two recent Kleffmann Group studies that showed what the real cost to growers in Poland and Germany would be along with similar data for the UK; as undertaken by Oxford Economics. As Fairclough explains “There is little question that the social-economic costs associated with non-renewal far outweigh any perceived benefits”. Fairclough further adds “these costs also go well beyond “pounds & pence” and would have negative consequences for the environment; for instance in the form of increasing CO2 emissions & for the detrimental impact on soil structure for years to come”.
At essentially the same time (4th October) MEPs in Strasbourg are voting on a draft Commission regulation amending Annex II to Regulation (EC)1107/2009 by setting out scientific criteria for the determination of endocrine disrupting properties. The decision of the MEPs, will impact on the already complex re-registration process of a large number of key active ingredients (especially the fungicides) in the EU.