New Direction for European Crop Protection
BRUSSELS, November 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ –
Pesticide Industry ‘Hungry for Change’
The crop protection industry takes another step toward establishing
itself as a valued partner in the pursuit of a more sustainable farming
system in Europe.
The ‘Hungry for Change’ conference and exhibition unveils a new
direction for ECPA. The fruit of an extensive critical evaluation of the
performance and contribution of the industry, the initiative aims to deliver
measurable results in the four thematic areas of safeguarding water, the
enhancement of biodiversity, the provision of safe and affordable food and
the protection of health.
ECPA strategy reflects industry’s ambition to deliver sustainable
solutions to contemporary agricultural challenges, such as environmental
degradation, climate change, a growing population, and an economy in crisis.
Embracing the concept of an ‘open forum’, the European Crop Protection
network (ECPA) is enabling an advisory board of stakeholders, to guide,
monitor and validate industry contribution to sustainable agricultural
Vincent Gros, President of European Crop Protection explained “I believe
our industry can continue to make a huge contribution to sustainable
agriculture in Europe; however, we recognise that our industry is not always
seen as a partner in that pursuit. It’s clear that we need to engage in a
different way, we need to be more open and transparent. We will set up
measurements to prove that we are moving in the right direction.”
Over the coming years the European Crop Protection Association will work
with stakeholders on projects covering the four thematic streams of water,
biodiversity, health and food.
ECPA Director, Dr Friedhelm Schmider, concluded “Industry understands
society is concerned about the potential impact of crop protection products.
Our goal is to ensure best practice on the use of pesticides for sustainable
productivity that protects human and environmental health. We are open to
hear your ideas to help us deliver a truly sustainable agriculture.”
The European Crop Protection represents the crop protection industry
interests at European level. Its members include all major companies and
national associations across Europe
For more general information:
http://www.ecpa.eu and http://www.hugry4change.eu
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