Tillage: Roundup ban reflects Brussels doublethink
Published 15/06/2016 | 02:30
We seemed to pick the hottest day of the year to go out hand rouging weeds, from crops that we plan to keep for seed. Every crop of certified seed wheat seems to have barley through it.
We also picked wild oats and brome which seems to be a problem again this year. As I was walking up and down the tram lines sweating, I was thinking about how will we be able to control weeds like brome and oats if glyphosate, a key ingredient of Roundup, loses its license. This is a huge worry for all tillage farmers.
How can a product that is described by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an arm of the World Health Organisation (WHO), as being in the same category, as red meat, in relation to its carcinogenic risk, lose its license?
Should they ban us having a pint or going outside because it's too dangerous? The minority of people that don't agree with its use are not looking at the big picture.
If they believe this will make us all go organic, they are wrong, as we would end up using more chemicals instead of less.
What is really upsetting me about the Roundup debacle, is the complete inaction by the EU.
Why are politicians there, if they won't make tough decisions and in a reasonable length of time? It is exactly the same with the GM debate.
We are importing GM-fed animals into this country but yet we cannot grow the same crop.