Bayer CropScience is calling on farmers, agronomists and otherstakeholders in the agriculture industry to respond to a new publicconsultation on endocrine disruption.
The recentlyannounced European Commission public consultation is looking for views on howto regulate chemicals in the environment in terms of their ability to interactwith the endocrine (hormone) system. Many natural and man-made chemicals canhave an effect on this system including coffee, vitamin D, soya milk andparacetamol, but only if taken in excessive amounts.
The proposednew legislation is being applied to pesticides, biocides, and other chemicals,but current proposals could result in the loss of key classes of pesticideincluding the triazole fungicides and pyrethroids. Bayer believes it is essential that the riskof harm occurring to endocrine systems is fully assessed when deciding whetherto ban an active substance, and not just whether the chemical has the potentialto cause harm.
Dr JulianLittle, a spokeperson for Bayer CropScience said: We would ask farmers and agronomists,together with others in agriculture, what the impact of losing important toolsfor controlling Septoria and otherdiseases, would have on their businesses, their livelihoods and theirsustainability in the long run. If you are concerned then it is important toconvey your concerns during this public consultation.
The publicconsultation runs until the 16 January 2015 and can be found at http://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/ED-consultation. There is an opportunity to give information on anumber of potential options as well an the opportunity to give a view on thelegislation as a whole in section 4 of the on-line document.