Archives: Food and farming

CAP not fit for purpose, says new report

The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is not fit for purpose, according to a new study co-commissioned by the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament.

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Banning neonicotinoids is a good start, but it’s not problem solved for farming

Molly writes for Business Green, arguing that if Michael Gove is to be taken seriously as an environmentalist he will need to weed out all toxic substances being used in farming, not just neonicotinoids.

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Why has Michael Gove banned some bee-killing pesticides in the UK but not others?

Environment secretary, Michael Gove, has been on a charm offensive, seeking to persuade the green lobby that his plans for a ‘Green Brexit’ will be good for the UK’s environment. Molly challenges this view in an article for Left Foot Forward.

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Greens call on Commission to reject relicensing of glyphosate, as EU countries fail to agree on controversial weedkiller

Greens continue to press for a full ban on glyphosate which is linked to some cancers and damages biodiversity and soil health.

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Statement from Molly Scott Cato on the use of glyphosate in farming in Europe

The renewal of the glyphosate licence in the EU is controversial in large part because so many farmers in the EU are heavily reliant on the herbicide to rid their fields of “weeds”/wildflowers. Many farmers are arguing that spraying glyphosate on their fields is a ‘sustainable alternative’ to tilling the soil with heavy machinery, which […]

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