On December 11th the European Commission releases its European Green Deal plan, with a vow to reduce pesticide usage by 50 percent. While that is fine for politicians, farmers are asking where the reductions can occur.
They are concerned that the Green Deal lists no “credible alternatives” to pesticides and how politicians will create “a complete overhaul” without them.
There also remains confusion about the only alternative to pesticides that might help – biotechnology. Though the science community recognizes the value of biotechnology, as does the European Court of Justice, the official language instead only mentions “innovative technologies” in agriculture while not outlining whether or not innovative technologies like CRISPR will be included.