The BCPC Congress 2019 – “Understanding the demands and opportunities of a “Green Brexit” – how do we deliver food production alongside environmental enhancement?”

The 2019 BCPC Congress focused on a wide range of topics relating to how intensification of food production can be reconciled with environmental enhancement. The Congress aimed to unearth the many issues resulting from the UK Government’s agricultural policy framework, regardless of the UK’s future relationship with the EU, in which farmers will be paid to deliver biodiversity, cultural landscapes, high quality water, air and soil rather than food. The science, technology and policy issues relating to the national debate on how to support UK farming and food production whilst meeting the highest environmental and safety standards was explored in a series of sessions.

Day 1 started with a plenary session on delivering both improved food production and “public goods”. This was followed by parallel sessions, a) on current regulatory issues for pesticides and new breeding techniques and b) on science-based agriculture, focusing on advances in applying crop production inputs to achieve future improvements in yields and environmental protection.

Day 2 addressed key technical and regulatory areas relating to “Green Brexit” agricultural and environmental policy. It covered critical considerations for greatly increased implementation of IPM and the opportunities and regulatory challenges of precision agriculture, was also the focus for the CRD (HSE, Chemicals Regulation Division) interactive workshop.

CRD Workshop: “Regulating new agricultural technologies”
The 2019 interactive workshop focused on the fast-growing field of greater precision in crop protection applications, which can improve crop production and reduce the risk of undesired exposures to people and the environment. It investigated the Regulatory opportunities and challenges arising from developments such as:

The key aim is was to get early inputs from stakeholders to inform/develop regulatory systems in a way that maximises the benefits.

See the full programme here or view all speakers now.

Drinks reception – Monday 18 November
On the evening before the Congress, delegates attended a complimentary drinks reception at the Hilton Metropole Hotel, hosted by TSG Consulting. It provided a great networking opportunity for delegates to catch up with like-minded professionals.

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