MP Brian Donohoe tables Early Day Motion on impact of EU pesticide proposals

MP Brian Donohoe has tabled an Early Day Motion calling on the Government to carry out a full assessment of the impact of proposed EU pesticide legislation.

Donohoe, secretary for the All Party Gardening and Horticulture Group, wants the Government carry out an EU-wide and sector-wide investigation into the effects of the legislation - which would drastically reduce the numbers of plant protection products available.

Crop Protection Association Garden Expert Group chairman Sean McCarthy said:

"It's vital MPs support this EDM. As yet, there has been no comprehensive impact assessment on how the proposal will affect the whole of the EU.

"According to the Government, if the European Parliament's amendments are included in the final regulation up to 85% of the 286 active substances used in plant protection products in the UK could be lost."

HTA business development director Tim Briercliffe added:

"Up to 20 million domestic gardens in the UK could be affected by this legislation.

"In addition, ornamental plant growers need plant protection as part of an integrated crop management (ICM) programme to be able to grow healthy plants. Garden centres need them to keep plants in good condition so consumers will buy them and gardeners need to protect their investment otherwise they will stop buying plants.

"Jobs, consumer choice and a healthy way of life for many older people are under threat as a result of this proposed Regulation."

The second reading of the draft EU Regulation on the Placing of Plant Protection Products on the Market is currently taking place in the European Parliament.

The EDM and a template letter can be found on the HTA website www.the-hta.org.uk. See http://www.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/file.jsp?id=5372312


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