A Hertfordshire farmer has travelled to Brussels to speak to MEPs regarding the threat to farmers use of pesticides.
In his speech to the European Parliament’s Special Committee on Pesticides, John Chinn said 80% of harvests would be eaten by pests without the crop protection tools. Chinn owns Cobrey Farms, one of Britain’s biggest asparagus producers and also grows berries, beans and other crops.
Chinn said that the world’s population will reach 10bn by 2050 and added that feeding those people whilst promoting biodiversity was a “great challenge”. Rigorous EU testing for the products was to blame according to Chinn for the slow introduction of new crop protection products.
Chinn told MEPs: “Rigorous testing and application protocols are very effective in protecting the public and the environment. However little attention has been given to its other aims of effectively supporting productive and competitive agriculture and horticulture.”
“The fact that the regulation has just started its eighth year and it has only brought to the market the equivalent of about one new active substance per year, including low-risk substances, demonstrates the approach is failing to deliver for growers.”