The Scottish Government has been slammed for threatening the livelihoods of farmers after Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing demanded Scotland’s ban on growing genetically modified (GM) crops be retained post-Brexit.
The United States and Australia will fight the UK at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) if it chooses to adopt an EU-style approach to crop protection regulation after Brexit, according to an industry expert.
Manufacturers of crop protection products are considering stockpiling agrochemicals in warehouses in a bid to keep input costs down for farmers after Brexit, according to the chief executive of the CPA.
Some 360 tonnes of illegal or counterfeit pesticides were seized in Europe as a result of Operation Silver Axe III, an annual operation coordinated by Europol with the support of the European Anti-Fraud Office.
An insect ecology specialist at a top London university has questioned the usefulness of the neonicotinoid ban after a new study showed potential replacement sulfoxaflor had an ‘unacceptable impact’ on bumblebees.