NFU to back Bayer's legal challenge to neonicotinoid restrictions

The NFU has announced that it is to support Bayer’s legal challenge on the European Commission's restrictions of the use of neonicotinoids.

NFU director general Andy Robertson said: "The NFU will support Bayer’s legal challenge of the European Commission’s restrictions on neonicotinoids, and as with the Syngenta challenge, we are planning a direct intervention to support the case.

"We are giving our support because we believe the restrictions are a clear example of poor policy making by regulators.

"The NFU is concerned that the restrictions were made without a clear basis in science and as a result will harm NFU members’ ability to farm productively and sustainably.

"This sustainable approach depends in part on the availability of a diverse range of pesticides, and the erosion of active ingredients on unjustifiable grounds increases the risk of pest, weed and disease resistance."

 

 


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