Report Confirms Essential Value of Neonicotinoid Pesticides for Europe
BRUSSELS, January 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –
A Humboldt Forum for Food and Agriculture report highlights that if neonicotinoid seed
treatments were no longer available, impact on the EU economy could be as great as EUR4.5
billion with a loss of at least 50,000 farm jobs across the EU. Over a 5-year period, the
EU could lose up to EUR17 billion and face a significant increase in pest pressure.
“These figures demonstrate the value this technology brings to EU farming”, Friedhelm
Schmider, Director General of European Crop Protection Association (ECPA) commented. “They
contribute more than EUR2 billion annually to commodity crop revenues, and reduce
production costs by EUR1 billion across the EU”, he added.
The independent study confirms the economic and environmental value of seed treatment
neonicotinoids for Europe. The report includes the example of Germany where oilseed rape
growers rely highly on neonicotinoid technology to remain competitive in the global
market; and Spain, where sunflower growers can achieve better yields through earlier
The study underlines the importance of maintaining a range of innovative crop
protection solutions for managing the pressures of pests and disease, and enabling
efficient use of natural resources (land and water).
“The report has revealed substantial consequences for the economy and the environment
if there would be constraints on the availability of neonicotinoid seed treatments”
Friedhelm Schmider concluded.
ECPA’s Press Release online:
Notes to editors:
- The report was conducted by Steffen Noleppa (agripol), Thomas Hahn et al. (a-connect) - Based on an analysis of 10 EU countries (Germany, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Slovenia, Italy, Spain, France, the UK and the Netherlands) and 6 focus crops (corn, sugar beet, oilseed rape, wheat, barley and sunflower) the project team assessed the potential value of neonicotinoid seed treatment to EU societies, economies and selected stakeholders - The report is supported by Copa-Cogeca, ESA and ECPA and financed by Bayer CropScience and Syngenta. - Neonicotinoid based pesticides have received recent press attention in discussions about its potential risks to European honey bee populations; however, European scientific authority EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) will release a report later this week which will scientifically review the risk of neonicotinoids to bees.
Further information can be found athttp://www.neonicreport.com
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