Independent Science-based Regulation Needs Defending from Activists and Community Ignorance
In his inaugural address to the International Conference on the Regulation
of Agvet Chemicals and Technologies (RACT 2020), Matthew Cossey, Chief
Executive Officer of CropLife Australia, declared that independent
science-based regulation needs defending from activist attacks and community
ignorance. At the event held at the University of New England on February
16, 2020, Mr. Cossey addressed the modern challenges facing the agvet
chemical industry and regulatory system.
Mr. Cossey said that the efficient, effective and viable regulation of
agricultural and veterinary products is more critical now than at any other
time in the last 60 years as farmers are being challenged to deliver higher
yields with fewer resources, produce more nutritious foods, and improve
existing agricultural methods in even more challenging circumstances.
He added, "One of the great problems we face in modern society - because of
the revolution in modern media and communications platforms - is we now have
a huge number of people who have just enough information on any given
subject to think they are right, but unfortunately don't know enough on that
subject to realize they are wrong. This is no more evident than in the
public discourse on glyphosate.