Can the world feed a growing population without pesticides? Are the environmental and health impacts of pesticides fully understood? Is the correct regulatory framework in place to mitigate any risks? Would food prices go up if we cut back on pesticides, and would the public accept it?
On Wednesday 11 October, Debating Europe held a live debate in the European Parliament as part of our online debate Sustainable agriculture: with or without pesticides? We put questions and comments sent in from our readers to a panel of experts representing both sides of the debate.
Taking part on the panel were:
- Martin Dermine, Pollinator Project Coordinator at Pesticide Action Network Europe (PAN – Europe);
- Faustine Bas-Defossez, Policy Manager for Agriculture and Bioenergy at European Environmental Bureau (EEB);
- Paolo De Castro, Member of the European Parliament with the Socialist & Democrats and Vice-Chair of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development
- Graeme Taylor, Director of Public Affairs at the European Crop Protection Association (ECPA).
You can watch the video of the debate at the top of this page. You can also follow the Twitter hashtag #WithorWithout!