The UKscrop production toolbox is becoming worryingly depleted at a time when we needto be producing more crops, not less, the NFU said at the Cereals event.
A newreport Healthy Harvest has been launched by the NFU in response to concerns that already flat lining UK cropproduction will be sent into decline if British farmers continue to lose accessto key crop protection materials.
Statisticsshow that since 2001 half of pesticides have been lost and over the lifetime ofthe newly elected EU Parliament another half could be banned through what isseen as overzealous regulation not properly backed up with sound science.
NFU VicePresident Guy Smith, leading on the campaign, said: The UK is fast becoming anover-regulated environment for British farmers who are losing their homemarkets to foreign farmers who have better access to more effective means ofcrop production.
At a timewhen leading scientists are warning that within a generation the world could befacing a perfect storm of food shortages, this is not time to be taking awaythe tools our farmers need to produce disease free, high yielding crops.
Britishfarmers need to be able to use the same, safe technology as their competitorsif we are to have a productive agriculture producing healthy harvests.