McKinney is much less optimistic about the EU
USDA Undersecretary Ted McKinney says he is much less optimistic about the European Union and the direction of the EU’s Farm to Fork Strategy.
“It calls for a 50 percent ban on all pesticides and it also calls for one-third reduction of fertilizers among other things,” he says.
He says the US is working to demonstrate that similar goals can be reached through innovation. The USDA’s Ag Innovation Agenda is a department-wide effort to increase US ag production and reduce its environmental footprint.
“This is under Secretary Sonny Perdue with President Trump’s full endorsement, where we can demonstrate that these goals can be achieved through innovation,” he says. “So, we have a massive education effort going on with the EU.”
McKinney says the education effort will likely take years.