Protecting Chemistry – Follow the science for a larger toolbox

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Download PDF However trade deals play out, expect IPM to play an increasing role in crop protection programmes. CPM explores the political and regulatory landscape. Sustainable farming is about doing more with less. Get it wrong and rather than find the solution, we export the problem. By Tom Allen-Stevens Whatever course regulation takes now the UK has completed its exit of the European Union, if decisions are made on the basis of scientific evidence, there’s a bright future for UK arable farmers. That’s the view of Rob Gladwin, head of technical management for BASF Agricultural Solutions UK and Ireland, and he has good reason to be optimistic. “International trade is clearly the area where most uncertainty lies. But in trade decisions, whether with the EU or with other world partners, it’s more important than ever that we follow the science,” he says. “Science-based decisions are far more defendable and carry greater credibility with the WTO, as well as with consumers.” Use of technology, such as drones, should be part and parcel of crop protection going forward in conjunction with best use of chemistry. Rob believes current chemistry will continue to face tough scrutiny and new products to replace it will…
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