Select Committee on Agriculture Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence


Memorandum submitted by Mr J P Walker (F 9)

  Thank you for the opportunity to give my opinions. I believe common sense and a degree of flexibility is most important.

  Organic farming must be possible, eg with vines and hops, it is surely preferable to have farming using copper sprays and producing organic produce in this country or in Europe than reverting to inorganic methods because organic production is not possible. Organic produce would then be imported from the southern hemisphere where the disease pressure is less, and we would lose the opportunity to supply our home market. Also the conversion period must reflect the potential life of the crop.

  We need a level playing field across Europe for obvious reasons, and we must not lose sight of our aim which is to have a sustainable form of agriculture, which is environmentally positive and produces good quality, wholesome food.

5 June 2000

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