EU Farmers' Petition for Choice on Innovation in Agriculture
We the undersigned recognise that our ability to produce safe, high quality food over the past 100 years has been dependent on access to new technologies in agriculture.
Countries outside the EU are rapidly adopting new technologies such as agricultural biotechnology, allowing farmers to increase yields whilst reducing inputs and greenhouse gas emissions. Furthermore, new varieties of crops are nearing the market that will
be able to withstand the impacts of climate change, such as drought, heat and cold, and which can be grown with significantly less nitrogen and phosphorus fertilisers.
Many varieties of crops developed using agricultural biotechnology have been assessed by the European Food Safety Authority as being safe to eat, and to cultivate, yet we are told that, for political reasons, we cannot access such varieties. Worldwide, 14 million farmers in 25 countries grew 134 million hectares of biotech crops in 2009 and Europe is missing out.
We therefore support a policy framework for access to new agricultural technologies and tools in Europe that is based on sound science and farmer choice; the choice to access innovation in agriculture where it is needed to keep Europe's farmers competitive in the market place, and to allow a more sustainable approach to food, feed, fibre and fuel production within the European Union.
|Listed underneath is a selection of farmers who have already signed up to the petition for sound science and farmer choice on biotech.
Please add your support by completing the form below.
|David Hill||Norfolk||Farmer||500 ha|
|Bob Fiddaman||Hertfordshire||Farmer||500 ha|
|J A Stilgoe||Norfolk||Farmer||515 ha|
|Mrs Shirley Harrison||Aberdeenshire||Farmer||164 ha|
|Mark Rooke||North Yorkshire||Farmer||120 ha|
|Phil Lodge||South Yorkshire||Farmer||100 ha|
|Mike Madders||Staffordshire||Farmer||300 ha|
|James Milligan-Manby||Lincolnshire||Farmer||750 ha|
|William Brigham||Norfolk||Farmer||250 ha|
|D J Hodges||Gloucestershire||Farmer||430 ha|
|Michael Horrell||Cornwall||Farmer||93 ha|
|Andrew Brown||Rutland||Farmer||250 ha|
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