2017-11-06 

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Strutt & Parker Comments on Glyphosate

Ahead of the meeting on 9 November considering the relicensing of glyphosate for a five-year period, Strutt & Parker gives us their comments.

Ed Trotter, farming consultant and agronomist, said:
“It is hugely disappointing that we are still battling to get reauthorisation beyond 15 December 2017 when there is now overwhelming scientific evidence to back the safety of this key product.

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“We are, of course, hoping that the decision will be positive and would welcome that. However, we remain concerned that even if glyphosate is relicensed for five years it will feel somewhat of a hollow victory for the farming industry, given there appears to be no compelling reason not to relicense it for the customary 15-year period.

“Much of the opposition to glyphosate seems to be based on an ideology, rather than sound science.

“Campaigners for a ban seem to be in denial about the implications of their actions. Losing glyphosate would completely change the way we farm and have huge implications – for farmers, food production and the environment.

“Some of the arguments against relicensing seem to be driven by a desire to hit out at Monsanto, which markets glyphosate under the Roundup label. The company has long been a target for environmentalists because of its work with GM crops.

"Other people are making the argument that glyphosate should be banned for environmental reasons – but any ban would come with a high environmental cost because of the increased number of cultivations that would be required to tackle weed control.

“It is in no one’s interest to restrict the use of a product that underpins our ability to produce safe and affordable food in a sustainable way.”

(With more than 40 consultants in 12 offices, Strutt & Parker’s Farming Department is one of the largest specialist farming consultancies in the UK. The firm’s agronomy service covers more than 130,000 acres, making Strutt & Parker one of the biggest corporate members of the Association of Independent Crop Consultants (AICC).)

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