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Farming lobby calls EU debate 'blame game', says it's time to listen

Copa and Cogeca, the European farming lobby, has responded to this morning’s debate in the European parliament.

“Most of what was said was a political blame game, but not enough was said about solutions for the future of the sector!” the group wrote.

It added that “if MEPs are serious about giving a farming community new tools and perspectives, they will have a chance to shine by voting in favor of the NGTs” – a reference to plants produced by certain “new genomic techniques”.

The farming lobby added: Over the last few weeks in Brussels we have seen and read all possible opinions … It’s time to listen to those who work the land daily and who have experience in the field, farmers, and their cooperatives. And that goes for both before and after the elections.

The importance of finding sustainable solutions that preserve both our way of life and the balance of our ecosystems. It's essential to prioritize dialogue and collaboration among various stakeholders, including farmers, environmentalists, policymakers, and scientists, to develop effective strategies that address the challenges facing agriculture while ensuring food security and environmental sustainability.

By engaging in constructive dialogue, we can work together to identify innovative approaches and technologies that reduce the reliance on harmful practices like excessive pesticide use while maintaining agricultural productivity. This might include promoting organic farming methods, investing in research and development of alternative pest management techniques, and providing support and incentives for farmers transitioning to more sustainable practices.

Furthermore, efforts to enhance agricultural resilience and adaptability to climate change can contribute to long-term food security by mitigating the impacts of extreme weather events and other environmental stressors on crop production.

Ultimately, fostering a collaborative and inclusive approach to addressing the complex challenges facing agriculture is essential for achieving sustainable food systems that meet the needs of present and future generations while safeguarding the health of our planet.


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