Tuesday, January 20

The manure saga rumbles on!

Debates on the contaminated manure issue are still going on in the background.

It is unclear at the moment whether the use of aminopyralid will be affected by the latest EU legislation on the use of pesticides.

Proposal for a
DIRECTIVE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL
establishing a framework for Community action to achieve a sustainable use of
pesticides


Information on PSD website

Taken from the Hansard record for Thursday 15 January 2009

Mary Creagh MP for Wakefield asked the following:
Mary Creagh (Wakefield) (Lab): Animal feed is one very important part of the food chain, but the focus and function of animals and farms in passing on manure to allotment holders is another vital part of it - the food chain. I have been contacted by allotment holders in Wakefield who have had farmers selling them manure that is not pure but has been contaminated with chemicals. What has my right hon. Friend’s Department been doing to ensure the minimisation of that and to ensure that people who want to grow their own do not end up with distorted carrots and parsnips?

Jane Kennedy: I am very interested in the case that my hon. Friend has brought to the House, and I would want to have the opportunity to look into it in detail. The Environment Agency will be closely at work on the detail of this matter, and my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State is also following it closely. We are aware that a particular product has been withdrawn. I will be happy to meet my hon. Friend, or if she would care to write to me with the details of the representations that she has received, I will be happy to look into them.


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