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Feeding the UK sustainably: time for policy inaction to end
Published: 8th August 2023
As Ministers prepare to unveil a new land use framework for England this autumn, the scientific evidence behind land sparing as the most effective farm policy for delivering food production, climate and biodiversity goals is compelling. Why then does the UK government continue to favour a land sharing approach through its environmental land management schemes? The recent ‘re-interpretation’ of an expert land use report for the large, land-owning NGOs who commissioned it may provide some clues, writes agricultural economist Graham Brookes.
European Court ruling on neonicotinoids further highlights muddle created by ongoing EU regulatory inconsistency and dysfunction
Published: 20th February 2023
The recent Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruling that EU Member States can no longer grant derogations (exemptions) for the use of neonicotinoid seed treatments to control pests in arable crops like sugar beet and oilseed rape raises a number of important questions and highlights the regulatory inconsistency and muddle that the European Union (EU) has created for itself
Feeding the world sustainably: Crop biotechnology continues to make a significant contribution, concludes new research
Published: 5th October 2022
GM crop technology continues to make an important contribution to reducing the environmental footprint of agriculture and securing global food supplies in a sustainable way. It has reduced pressure to bring new land into agriculture, which is vital if the world is to maintain and restore the natural habitats and vegetation that are best for many species of plants and animal life and for storing carbon” said Graham Brookes, director of PG Economics, author of the research.
Mandatory labelling of crop biotechnology-derived foods: the evidence shows this is a failed regulatory policy
Published: 20th September 2022
Proponents of mandatory labelling of foods containing or derived from genetically modified (GM) crops have long claimed that their primary objective is to facilitate informed consumer choice. Based on a review of more than 20 years of evidence in countries or regions where mandatory GM labelling has been implemented, that policy has failed. The main outcomes have been higher prices and reduced choice for consumers.