Manufacturers of pesticides and bio-pesticides bieden the EU to support the European Green Deal with new proprietary measures, if the EU laws allow the use of pesticides.
The European Crop Protection Association (ECPA) wants to invest more than 14 billion euros in new technologies and more sustainable products over the next ten years. But then the EU legislation must allow the use of those pesticides.
ECPA also wants to accelerate waste management and improve the education level of European farmers, according to its own words, in view of the 'farm-to-fork' program and the EU biodiversity strategy. The EU Green Deal aims to make Europe a climate neutral continent by 2050.
To reduce the ecological footprint of food production, the Commission proposes to cut pesticide use by 50 percent by 2030 and fertilizer use by 20 percent. A quarter of European agricultural land should be used for organic farming. Now that is about 8 percent.
The crop protection industry says it wants to continue to focus on the collection of empty plastic packaging and increase the collection percentage to 75 percent. In EU countries where there is no collection system yet, they want to set this up by 2025. The producers of plant protection products also want to continue to focus on training farmers.
Specifically, ECPA will invest € 10 billion in innovation of precision and digital technologies and € 4 billion in innovation in the field of biological resources. But there is a warning that these investments are only useful if European legislation is adapted accordingly. “Any investment made by industry is only useful if there is an appropriate regulatory framework to reach European farmers,” warns the sector federation.
Just last week, Switzerland announced that 33 pesticides have been banned this year. That's more than ever before in a comparable period, NZZ am Sonntag wrote. The bans are a result of the EU taking many pesticides off the market years ago. About 100 pesticides have been authorized in Switzerland and about 180 have been banned in the past 15 years.