Two Conservative MEPs appointed to European Parliament's new pesticides committee

16-Mar-2018 @ 12:00

Anthea McIntyre Anthea McIntyre

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Anthea McIntyre Anthea McIntyre

Two Conservative MEPs appointed to European Parliament's new pesticides committee

Conservative Agriculture Spokesman Anthea McIntyre MEP and colleague Daniel Dalton MEP have been appointed to the European Parliament's special committee on pesticides.

Sitting for nine months, the committee will examine the scientific evaluation of glyphosate, the world's most commonly used weed killer which was relicensed for five years by the EU in December after months of uncertainty. They will also consider wider issues around the authorisation of pesticides.

Miss McIntyre said: "My message will be that the science must come first, last and always in deciding the safety and effectiveness of pesticides.

"Scare stories and rogue studies must never lead the process. Instead, we need to weigh the full body of scientific research and heed the advice of our own experts.

"The glyphosate controversy was a prime example of people putting scaremongering before science for reasons of political convenience. It nearly resulted in farmers losing their most effective weapon against plant pest, with zero gain for public health.

"A ban would have been bad for rural livelihoods, bad for food prices and bad for the environment - because alternative methods to using glyphosate harm biodiversity." 

Mr. Dalton added: “While the UK negotiates its exit from the EU the decisions made here will still impact British farmers. That’s why Conservative MEPs are still working hard to deliver for our farmers. Even after Brexit our agriculture markets will remain closely associated so getting EU policy right on pesticides is good for Britain in the long term as well."


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