In an exclusive interview with viEUws John Atkin, Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Syngenta, talks about agriculture and trade perspectives with AGRA FACTS journalist Rose O’Donovan at the Forum on the Future of Agriculture 2014.
Atkin explains that it is no longer necessary to increase inputs in order to grow more food: “new technologies enable farmers even with reduced inputs to maximise their yields”. Representing the agro-chemical company active in the marketing of seeds & pesticides, Atkin also discusses the European Commission’s decision to partially ban the use of certain neonicotinoids used as seed treatments due to harmful effects on bee health. The Syngenta COO argues that different food and health standards in developed regions must be harmonized, as it creates unnecessary burdens to trade. He expects that the future EU-US trade deal would be a solution, reducing the complexity of standards and bringing benefits to consumers.