12-12-2013 09:08 AM | News, NFU

NFU to support Bayer neonicotinoid legal challenge

The NFU is to support Bayer’s legal challenge on the restrictions of the use of neonicotinoids, it has been announced.

NFU Director General Andy Robertson said: “The NFU will support Bayer’s legal challenge of the European Commission’s restrictions on neonicotinoids, and as with the Syngenta challenge, we are planning a direct intervention to support the case.

“We are giving our support because we believe the restrictions are a clear example of poor policy making by regulators. The NFU is concerned that the restrictions were made without a clear basis in science and as a result will harm NFU members’ ability to farm productively and sustainably.

“This sustainable approach depends in part on the availability of a diverse range of pesticides, and the erosion of active ingredients on unjustifiable grounds increases the risk of pest, weed and disease resistance.”


12-12-2013 12:33 PM | Posted by jollyroger
The idea of the restriction is based on the Precautionary Principle: if an action has a suspected risk of causing harm to the environment (or any of its inhabitants, not just humans), in the absence of scientific consensus that the action is harmful, the burden of proof that it is not harmful falls on those taking the action. "The NFU is concerned that the restrictions were made without a clear basis in science ...". On the contrary, neonicotinoids were introduced by Bayer et al. and the NFU into the environment WITHOUT a scientific consensus that they are entirely safe (as with all other synthetic pesticides). That's the main difference.

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