14 Sep '18, 12pm

Is the new UK Agriculture Bill a triumph or a travesty?

The long awaited Agriculture Bill finally made its first appearance this week when it was introduced before Parliament. This is the UK Government’s plan on what UK farming will look like post Brexit. There is no reference to the protection of human health or public health in the Agriculture Bill as regards to farmers, the main users of pesticides - despite the DEFRA Consultation that preceded the publication of the Agriculture Bill being called Health and Harmony. In fact, it seems that the only notable references to the health of 'people' are in relation to the functions of public authorities. Human health There is no specific mention of pesticides except in three places when defining persons “closely connected” with an agri-food supply chain as including those supplying pesticides. Further, there does not appear to be any specific mention of agro-chemicals or chemicals a...

Full article: https://theecologist.org/2018/sep/14/new-uk-agriculture-b...

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