You should not catch us by surprise. A warning about the negative consequences that the current phytosanitary regulations can generate for European agriculture. Decreased productivity, loss of profitability, development of resistance … and lastly, the inability to ensure a sustainable supply of food for the future.
The lack of availability of active materials is the fact that farmers and industry have denounced repeatedly. Without them, it is impossible to develop the medicines that crops need to protect themselves against the pests and diseases that threaten them. For this reason, the data released by the recent ‘Low Yield Report,’ developed by the European Crop Protection Association (ECPA) representative of the European phytosanitary industry, support our demands. The main consequence of this study, carried out in nine Member States on 31 crops, is as clear and worrying: without plant protection products, agricultural production would be reduced by up to 40%. In the case of Spain, a crop as representative as citrus would suffer losses of about 1,500 million euros to ban the 75 active substances currently at risk.
We are aware of the concern for food safety that exists among consumers, but it is also true that what motivates it in most cases, the lack of knowledge of the agri-food industry in general, and phytosanitary products in particular, Has our society. Therefore, it is the emotion and not the scientific evidence, the basis on which most of the decisions affecting plant health in Europe are taken.
Branding trends in gardening
The Chelsea Flower Show, which takes place in London every year at the end of May, is perhaps the most important event in gardening worldwide. Organized by the Royal Horticultural Society, its origins date back to 1833. Each year the new trends in gardening are laid out in the form of gardens landscaped by first-rate landscapers in the London borough of Chelsea. From this exhibition are configured the new trends in gardening, either because it is a sample of what is worn or because it marks a new way of doing.
From this year’s exhibition we can highlight:
- They take the flowers of pale colors, lime, mauve and white.
- The new gardens take on an informal and wild look, mixing numerous plants in the flower beds and flowerbeds. Gardens not obvious and simple.
- Special interest in native plants, not very ostentatious, very natural.
- Use of ruderal plants (herbs) in the design of gardens, such as green chervil (Anthriscus Sylvestre) or poppies (Papaver rhoeas).
- Use of ornamental plants of little apparent flower, such as foxgloves (Digitalis), dwarf carnations (Dianthus) or wild geraniums.
- Use of aromatic plants of all kinds. The smell garden takes on importance.
- Decreased use of lawn.
- Environmental awareness in the design and management of gardens.
- Use of recycled materials in the complements, like pots or furniture.
- Pots made with natural materials. Terracotta pots of colors.
- The water and the lack of it. Water games, water effects, water recycling. Under maintenance.
- Overhangs, in pergolas, tables, and other constructions, made with noble materials.
The gardening is wrapped of natural complements of first quality, and the plants become little showy. It escapes the ostentatious plants, while the quality of pergolas, swimming pools or furniture increases. The garden becomes sensitive; it becomes small, the local, and the next. Gardening is also targeted at the new Eco-chic fashion.
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