To keep your seed treatments, we need you to be vocal, make your feelings known and make a stand. We anticipate that the proposals will be discussed at the next Standing committee in October, so now would be a good time to send in your thoughts once you’ve read this section of our website. Here’s what we suggest.
Go on social media
Have your say on Twitter and be sure to include the #SaveOurSeedTreatments hashtag.
Write to your MP and MEP
Clearly farmers’ concerns must be explained to politicians in Brussels and Westminster who will ultimately make the decision about the use of insecticidal seed treatments. If you are concerned about the loss of these products, we recommend that you write a letter or email to your local MP and the MEPs in your area. Or why not invite them to your farm so you can explain the situation to them in person?
How to find your MP or MEP
Your MP: go to http://www.parliament.uk/get-involved/contact-your-mp/ and type your postcode into the box on the right-hand side of the screen.
MEPs for your area: go to http://www.europarl.org.uk/en/uk-meps/your-members-in-the-european-parliament.
Five things you could include
Politicians will want to hear about what impact any new ban would have on your ability to economically grow a high-quality crop of wheat, barley or sugar beet:
- Why do you use them, and what would you do if they were not available? Would you have to spray more often and/or use more slug pellets, and if so, what would you use, and how much more?
- What about the negative effects of extra sprays on beneficial insects etc., such as lacewing, ladybirds, spiders and ground beetles?
- Explain what you think about the Commission making such proposals without checking what impact they may have on growing cereals or sugar beet in your area.
- You might want to explain to them how many pollinating insects you see in your field of wheat or barley or sugar beet.
- Give them your opinion of the proposals. Essentially, it is important that this letter or email is personal to your circumstances.
Other people to contact
We would also encourage you to send a copy of your letter or email to Michael Gove, Secretary of State for DEFRA (email@example.com) and David Williams at DEFRA (DavidP.Williams@defra.gsi.gov.uk). Also, the EU Environment Commissioner, Vytenis Andriukaitis (firstname.lastname@example.org), and Agriculture Commissioner, Phil Hogan (email@example.com).