EU pesticides ban ”a threat to Scottish whisky”, claims MEP

January 14th, 2009 - 5:42 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Jan. 14 (ANI): Scottish whisky may have to be distilled from French barley in the future as a result of EU laws banning at least 22 pesticides from fields across Europe, it has been claimed.
According to the Scotsman, controversial legislation passed in Brussels yesterday aims to reduce the amount of products deemed harmful to human health or the environment used on crops.
Supporters argue that the measures, which have been watered down in the past few months to allow the continued use of pesticides for which there is no alternative for up to ten years, do not go far enough.
Critics, however, warn that they could cause crop yields to plummet and food prices to rocket.
Some say yields of potatoes, wheat and carrots, which rely on pesticides to ward off diseases associated with the UK’’s damp conditions, will suffer.
Struan Stevenson, a Tory MEP for Scotland, said he was “appalled by the decision” and claimed Scotland would have to import products from warmer countries that had less of a problem with disease.
Hilary Benn, the Environment Secretary, demanded a full impact assessment of the proposed changes.
The proposed changes, which would ban most crop-spraying and bring in strict conditions on pesticides used near water supplies, were overwhelmingly backed by 577 MEPs, easily exceeding the 393 threshold required to approve the measures.
However, ministers from the 27 member states must vote on whether to approve the draft laws, opposed by the UK government. (ANI)

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