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How fake news is hindering farming

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Pesticides and GM crops: the facts

We live in a world of instant communication and 24-hour news, where the power of social media alone means any story can be transmitted at the press of a button. Such technology is both exciting and fantastic – yet it holds dangers. Specifically, it has created the phenomenon of fake news, which enables one individual to release a fact, or facts, without any real verification. Essentially, fiction can now become fact.

There has recently been a particular media discussion, if that is the word, about pesticides and their safety. And while such discourse is welcomed, provided it is based upon proper science and evidence, stories and headlines featuring killer pesticides do nobody any good. Indeed, these articles are often accompanied by information far removed from verification and can cause unnecessary fear. In my opinion, nobody would advocate using any product that could prove dangerous, nor would it ever be allowed under national and international regulatory schemes.

The Farmer

About John Moverley

John Moverley

John graduated in Agriculture and was awarded the Wood Prize for best student in the subject and a College Scholarship. After holding a research fellowship and lectureship at Nottingham University, John’s subsequent career has spanned the public, private and charitable sectors with 20 years at chief executive level. John has held numerous regional and national posts and his last full time post was as Chief Executive of the Royal Agricultural Society of England. Current roles include chairman of the Amenity Forum, a Forestry & Woodlands Advisory Committee and Mercia Community Forest. He is a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Societies and the Institute of Agricultural Engineers and holds honorary Fellowships at both the University of Central Lancashire and Myerscough College and his chair is at De Montfort University. In 2004, he was awarded the OBE for services to agriculture and education and has recently been elected President at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, for the 2018/19 academic year.

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