John Atkin is the Chief Operating Officer at the chemical and biotech giant Syngenta. Here’s a report showing an interview with Mr Atkin, in which he tells us how the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is great news.
One of Syngenta’s products is an insecticide, a neonicotinoid called thiamethoxam, which is now under a temporary ban here in Europe along with two neonics by Bayer. Syngenta and Bayer are challenging the European neonic ban in court. If you know the final outcome of that legal challenge, please tell me. Right now (May 2014) I know that the neonic ban is in force but I think the legal wrangling isn’t over.
Meanwhile it’s worth listening to Mr Atkin. He says that without the neonics, farmers resort to more damaging pest control methods. The science, he says, doesn’t favour the neonic ban. It was done in haste without considering the bigger picture. Btw, I said it’s worth listening to Mr Atkin. I didn’t say that any of us have to agree with him!
Mr Atkin doesn’t really want to talk about bees. He wants to tell us how Syngenta is the farmers’ friend and how the TTIP is great news for trade.