Summary of the issue
We would welcome realistic targets reflecting the results of an impact assessment. Let's be clear - we are not against reduction targets. We would call for targets that have a realistic vision of being implemented; targets that would take the farming industry on a journey to transform. Not without sacrifices but in collaboration with all parties involved in producing our food. A reduction rate of 50% doesn’t seem to be realistic, it is not based on science and will not have the desired effect of having a more sustainable food production model in Europe.
Why it’s important
The reduction of innovative pesticides that have a better profile is not a contribution to a better carbon balance or improved biodiversity if the productivity per hectare is reduced. It means that more land has to be converted into farmland and more green greenhouse emissions will be released as a result of that. Not to mention that it will be reducing European farmer’s capacity for production in Europe which will only lead to an increase in third country cheaper imports and land use changes in other parts of the world in order to satisfy EU’s demand. This is bad news for the farming industry which have been producing arguably the safest food in the world.