Young farmer organisations have called for the release of scientific facts around glyphosate use, to help determine their position on the weedkiller.
National President of Macra na Feirme, James Healy, has encouraged young farmer organisations to outline any key principles behind plant protection and herbicide substances to their state agricultural ministers ahead of the EU council discussion. The EU council discussion will be held next Thursday, November 9th, on the future of the chemical in the industry.
Mr. James Healy made the calls while speaking at a meeting of young farmers in Brussels, where the re-authorisation of glyphosate was to the forefront of discussions.
‘Farmers are professional users of plant protection and herbicide substances and have to the forefront their own health and the health of consumers.’ said Healy.
‘We must not let a debate based on emotion or fear overshadow scientific research and commentary.’, he added.
European Organisations including the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) and the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) have scientific data that provides a clear position on the safety of the product from a consumer and public health perspective.
There are many economic and environmental arguments that can be raised on glyphosate but any reauthorisation decision should be taken based on the safety of the product from a human health perspective and this data is available from independent European institutions.
Healy said now is not the time for politicians to fight this battle alone, calling for emotions to be put to one side.
“It’s not the time for European political decision making institutions to do a solo run against the rest of the world. Our politicians need to leave aside the emotive and populist argument and stick with the scientific data and not have European farmers at a disadvantage to the rest of the world.’