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Hungry for Change: Pesticides and Sustainable Agriculture – Brussels 12.02.2014

Join representatives of the European crop protection industry, European farmers associations, environmental NGOs and European policymakers for a half-day discussion on the future of agriculture in Europe, “Hungry for Change: Pesticides and Sustainable Agriculture”.

The world faces a major challenge in the coming decades to feed a rapidly growing population while relying on ever-scarcer natural resources and protecting the environment. Europe has a responsibility to address that challenge by improving food security and ensuring the contribution of sustainable, productive agriculture to the environment and the economy. To do that, Europe must be a world-leader in R&D, innovation, and the sustainable production of high quality and affordable food.

We need to take a look at how today’s European agricultural productivity is affected by the current EU regulatory framework, with its emphasis on hazard-based legislation and often-inconsistent application of the precautionary principle, which often denies farmers innovative solutions to fight the pests and diseases that threaten their crops.

Pesticides are essential for sustainable productive agriculture. This half-day event will explore the ways Europe can better foster innovation and competitiveness, and look at the ways the crop protection industry is already contributing to a sustainable and globally competitive farming future.

To register to the event, click HERE.

·         WHAT: “Hungry for Change: Pesticides and Sustainable Agriculture”

·         WHEN: Tuesday, 2 December 2014, 8:30-14:00

·         WHERE: Concert Noble, Rue d’Arlon 82, 1000 Brussels


09:30-11:00 Session 1: Innovation and sustainably productive agriculture (#H4C)

Opening speech

  • Jean-Charles Bocquet, ECPA, Director General

Panel discussion:

  • Piet Wit, IUCN, Chair of the IUCN Commission Ecosystem Management
  • Pekka Pesonen, COPA-COGECA, Secretary General
  • David Cary, Executive Director, IBMA
  • Peter Campbell , Head of Product Safety Research Collaborations, Syngenta

11:30-13:00 Session 2: How to overcome challenges to innovation

Opening speech

  • Jean-Philippe Azoulay, DuPont, ECPA Board President

Panel discussion:

  • Don Pendergast, Science and Regulatory Affairs Adviser, NFU 
  • David Cary, Executive Director, IBMA

For an updated programme, click here: