Does the EU’s Neonicotinoid Ban End the Competitive Future of European Farmers?

November 21, 2017

Editor’s Note: See, The Economic Benefits of Neonicotinoid Seed Treatement: A Federal Research Plan and Canada’s PMRA Puts Dollar Value On Neonic Seed Treatments.

From: Farmers Guardian

UK farmers ‘must learn lessons’ from New Zealand on agricultural reform

UK farmers should not look to New Zealand as a ‘recipe’ for how to deal with major agricultural reform but learn lessons from a country which saw the overnight removal of subsidies lead to a major increase in efficiency and innovation


However, for farmers to be able to innovate and compete profitably on a world market, they needed to have access to the latest technology and be given the freedom to innovate.

Former Defra Secretary Owen Paterson highlighted ‘wrong-headed’ European thinking on glyphosate, neonicotinoids and genetic modification which was holding UK farmers back.

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