Pesticides — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:51 pm on 16th December 2008.

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Photo of Baroness Byford Baroness Byford Conservative 2:51 pm, 16th December 2008

My Lords, does the Minister accept that if we are to produce enough food, the use of pesticides is essential? The balance surely must be between that and farmers spraying in a sensible way—and obviously they have to be qualified for that. Anybody outside the Chamber listening to the debate might be slightly horrified by the suggested way that pesticides are used. If one wants to have enough food, they have to be used, but safely. That is really what the voluntary agreement is about, and there is very tight regulation within it.