Young farmer organisations: The future of glyphosate

Post on: Wed, 31, January 2018

The Macra na Feirme National President James Healy has strongly encouraged young farmer organisations to outline the key scientific principles behind plant protection and herbicide substances to their member state agricultural ministers in advance of the EU council discussion today. He was speaking at a meeting of young farmers in Brussels on the re-authorisation of glyphosate.


Mr Healy said, ‘Farmers are professional users of plant protection and herbicide substances and have to the forefront their own health and the health of consumers.’ He added, ‘We must not let a debate based on emotion or fear overshadow scientific research and commentary.’


European Organisations including the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) and the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) have scientific data that provides a clear position on the safety of the product from a consumer and public health perspective.