CONSERVATIVE MEP FOR SCOTLAND

Duncan Presses for Resolution of Glyphosate Impasse

Ian Duncan MEP this morning met with EU Farming Commissioner Phil Hogan to discuss the ongoing impasse affecting the licensing of glyphosate, the herbicide upon which Scottish farmers depend.

20.05.2016.

Dr Ian Duncan MEP this morning met with EU Farming Commissioner Phil Hogan to discuss the ongoing impasse affecting the licensing of glyphosate, the herbicide upon which Scottish farmers depend.

Yesterday the proposed vote on the renewal of the glyphosate license was withdrawn from consideration by the European Commission’s expert panel throwing into doubt the future of the vital weedkiller. Unless a way forward can be found, glyphosate will be removed from sale when the current license lapses on June 30.

Ian is the only Scot on the European Parliament’s Environment Committee and recently pushed for an extension of the license for glyphosate by seven years, a position recently endorsed by the European Parliament.

Commenting on the meeting with Commissioner Hogan, Ian stated:

“Commissioner Hogan recognises how important this herbicide is to Scottish farmers and has agreed to work closely with MEPs and farmers to find a way through this impasse.

“The key thing is to ensure that glyphosate is not removed from the shelves while the debate continues in Brussels. An extension to the licensing deadline is therefore essential, to allow officials to find a solution that does not prevent farmers in Scotland who rely upon this vital weedkiller from using it on their farms. 

“The clock is ticking and farmers are rightly concerned.”

Shadow Rural Affairs Secretary, Peter Chapman MSP commented:

“As a farmer, I know fine well how important glyphosate is to Scottish farmers. If this weedkiller was taken off the shelves, it would be little short of catastrophic for Scottish farming.

“It is vital that a solution is found to ensure farmers can keep using a product they have been using safely for decades.”

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