Macra na Feirme president James Healy strongly encouraged young farmer organisations to outline the key scientific principles behind plant protection and herbicide substances to their member state agricultural ministers in advance of the EU council discussion. He was speaking at a meeting of young farmers in Brussels on the re-authorisation of glyphosate.

Healy said: ‘‘Farmers are professional users of plant protection and herbicide substances and have to be at the forefront of their own health and the health of consumers.’’ He added: ‘‘We must not let a debate based on emotion or fear overshadow scientific research and commentary.’’