I’m not sure of the actual significance of Syngenta’s decision not to press ahead with its application for an emergency derogation which would allow for the continued sale of its oilseed rape seed treatment Cruiser.
Don’t get me wrong. The reason Syngenta gives for the move – shortage of time – is a perfectly valid one. But for me it came as a reminder that once again agriculture seems to be losing the argument, stuck between campaigning NGOs with an agenda, politicians with an agenda and a public that’s been taught to be suspicious of anything in farming that Marie Antoinette wouldn’t have recognised.
Our friends the bees, like the children in a nasty divorce, are being used as an excuse to have a much more wide-ranging argument.