Europe Changes Crop Protection Course

European crop protection industry wants to be valued partner in creating a sustainable farming system.

Published on: Dec 28, 2011

The European crop protection industry takes another step toward establishing itself as a valued partner in the pursuit of a more sustainable farming system in Europe. Their recent 'Hungry for Change' conference and exhibition unveiled a new direction for ECPA. The fruit of an extensive critical evaluation of the performance and contribution of the industry, the initiative aims to deliver measurable results in the four thematic areas of safeguarding water, the enhancement of biodiversity, the provision of safe and affordable food and the protection of health.

ECPA strategy reflects industry's ambition to deliver sustainable solutions to contemporary agricultural challenges, such as environmental degradation, climate change, a growing population, and an economy in crisis.

Vincent Gros became the President of ECPA in 2011. Born in Rouen, France, Vincent studied agronomy at the ENSAM in Montpellier and graduated there as an engineer. He has worked for BASF since 1992 where in 2005 he was appointed Director, Business Management Crop Protection France and Managing Director of BASF Agro SAS and BASF Agri Production. In 2010 he became the Group Vice President of BASF SE, Head of the Region Europe of the Crop Protection division where he is responsible for all EU and CIS countries, as well as for Central Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
Vincent Gros became the President of ECPA in 2011. Born in Rouen, France, Vincent studied agronomy at the ENSAM in Montpellier and graduated there as an engineer. He has worked for BASF since 1992 where in 2005 he was appointed Director, Business Management Crop Protection France and Managing Director of BASF Agro SAS and BASF Agri Production. In 2010 he became the Group Vice President of BASF SE, Head of the Region Europe of the Crop Protection division where he is responsible for all EU and CIS countries, as well as for Central Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Embracing the concept of an 'open forum', the European Crop Protection network (ECPA) is enabling an advisory board of stakeholders, to guide, monitor and validate industry contribution to sustainable agricultural productivity.

Vincent Gros, President of European Crop Protection explains "I believe our industry can continue to make a huge contribution to sustainable agriculture in Europe; however, we recognize that our industry is not always seen as a partner in that pursuit. It's clear that we need to engage in a different way, we need to be more open and transparent. We will set up measurements to prove that we are moving in the right direction."

Over the coming years the European Crop Protection Association will work with stakeholders on projects covering the four thematic streams of water, biodiversity, health and food.

ECPA Director, Dr. Friedhelm Schmider, concludes "Industry understands society is concerned about the potential impact of crop protection products. Our goal is to ensure best practice on the use of pesticides for sustainable productivity that protects human and environmental health. We are open to hear your ideas to help us deliver a truly sustainable agriculture."

The European Crop Protection represents the crop protection industry interests at European level. Its members include all major companies and national associations across Europe

More is at http://www.ecpa.eu and http://www.hugry4change.eu.