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Agriculture and chemical giants lobby to weaken European Green Deal

October 12, 2020 / Unearthed

Europe’s farming and chemical lobbies attempted to weaken new EU targets to halve pesticide use by 2030, according to documents obtained by Unearthed. At a meeting in March, the European Crop Protection Association – which represents some of the world’s biggest pesticide producers – suggested to European Commission (EC) officials the target was double what could be achieved in the next decade. It came after the influential farming lobby group Copa Cogeca warned the man in charge of the EC’s European Green Deal plan – Frans Timmermans – that its pesticide reduction ambitions were “too high” and would “drive farmers out of business”.