PAN-Europe makes urgent request for crop rotation
PAN Europe says EU Commission’s health and consumers department has caved in to farmers and industry lobby request when crop rotation would have been a much better option.
On explicit request of the dominant farmers unions and the pesticide industry, the department taking care of health and consumers issues within the European Commission (DG SANCO) has proposed to dismantle the European safety system by removing the obligation on countries and farmers to contain the spread of a highly destructive maize pest ‐ Diabroticavirgiferavirgifera Le Conte (the Western corn rootworm – from now on cited as WCR). This move is likely to lead to a massive increase in pesticide use unless the simple agronomic practice of crop rotation is implemented as a countermeasure.
Read more in the full press release at http://www.pan-europe.info/News/PR/120312.html
In addition, PAN-Europe has just released expert information on the European Union’s new Regulation on biocides through a new fact sheet. It provides a summary of substantial improvements and shortcomings of the Regulation from the perspective of environmental and consumer protection.
PAN-Europe invites the interested public, NGOs and the media to view these facts to get a clear and quick idea of the future regulations or to find an easy entry into the complex legislative text.
Originally posted on 6 April 2012