Is precautionary principle in pesticide, GMO regulation making EU import dependent?

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The EU’s use of the precautionary principle on agricultural technologies is a bad, broken compass. How far lost are we? The EU went from being a region producing food surpluses to a trade zone that can no longer feed itself. Banning most GMO production, the EU is forced to import GM feed in order to raise livestock. The recent precautionary moves on neonicotinoids and now glyphosate means that certain insect infestations . . .and the inability to efficiently control weeds, will further reduce agricultural yields.

. . . . There will be those in 15 years who will pat themselves on the back saying: “Yay! We still have bees!” Well … the bees, as data shows, were not suffering as claimed, and where there were issues, it was not from pesticides!!!

The EU compass has taken us down a non-GMO route for two decades. . . . we can see . . . that other countries . . . have done very well with a wide variation of seed technology and agro-innovation. If our regulators would look up from their spinning magnetic needle they would maybe reconsider the path they had chosen. . . .

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Read full, original post: Getting lost with a bad compass: Precaution and pesticides

  • Farmer with a Dell

    The precautionary principle is convenient enough for jamming up someone else’s resources and products since practically nothing is ever proven 100% safe. I wonder if any advantage accrues to anyone or any culture that embraces the precautionary principle against the use of it’s own resources? I can’t think of a practical use off the top of my head, maybe in some society that is so hopelessly stupid and incompetent that it’s citizens do not comprehend anything the least bit sophisticated. The perfect authoritarian nanny state, maybe.

  • agscienceliterate

    It is hard to measure opportunity cost, and lack thereof. The blind think that the leg of an elephant is actually a tree. And, unless the elephant steps on them, there is no information that would convince them otherwise.

  • Robert Howd

    The effect of the EU ban on neonic pesticides in 2013 has been extensively studied, and the report is due in January 2017. Speculation on whether it will or will not show an effect of the ban on bee health is rampant. See: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jan/07/eu-scientists-begin-review-ban-pesticides-linked-bee-declines