Pesticides on both sides of the Pond

CropLife America (CLA) and the European Crop Protection Association (ECPA) have published a joint statement about pesticide regulation. Here it is.

Bilaterals.org (‘Everything that’s not happening in the World Trade Organization’) shows us a short explanation of this long document. We learn that CLA and ECPA call for a ‘more harmonized risk assessment framework for pesticide regulations during the fourth round of negotiations of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).’ That ‘partnership’ will affect us all around the world but as I’ve mentioned before, we’re not being told everything about it.

CLA’s senior advisor of trade, intellectual property and strategic issues, Doug Nelson, said, ‘CLA and ECPA strongly support the [TTIP] and [its] potential… to boost agricultural innovation as well as job and economic growth on a global scale. The U.S. and EU have the most highly developed pesticide regulatory systems in the world; establishing a stronger, unified regulatory system will ensure the highest levels of consumer and environmental protection while promoting international trade, creating jobs and enhancing social and economic viability.’

Did you mean it when you called for ‘the highest levels’ of pesticide rules, Mr Nelson? Or should we expect the lowest common denominator?

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About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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2 Responses to Pesticides on both sides of the Pond

  1. EqFe says:

    No, don’t do it. US pesticide regulation and limits have been relaxed to be in line witht he residue found in crops at harvest increasingly as pesticide residue, especially from Monsanto products keep rising.

    • argylesock says:

      If it were up to me, I’d probably say no to the TTIP. I really do not want farming and food to be done in Europe the ways they’re done in the States. But the decisions are being made by people whose opinions may differ from mine.

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