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A decision by the European Commission to scrap the post of chief scientific adviser to the president has been slammed by the leaders of four of the UK’s farming unions.

The group said it undermines the principal that science should be at the heart of policymaking in the UK.

Professor Anne Glover, who has been in post since 2011, has confirmed she will be leaving the post at the end of January and that the position would then cease to exist.

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“At a time when we need to address serious concerns around food security, energy security and the collective EU response to the threat of climate change; it is deeply concerning that the voice of science should be stifled.”
Meurig Raymond, NFU president

“It is deeply troubling that the new European Commission has taken this decision,” said NFU president Meurig Raymond, on behalf of the NFU, NFU Scotland, NFU Cymru and the Ulster Farmers Union.

“This appears to be a backward step for science. At a time when we need to address serious concerns around food security, energy security and the collective EU response to the threat of climate change; it is deeply concerning that the voice of science should be stifled.”

“We would like to put on public record our sincere thanks to Professor Glover for her work. Professor Glover has championed the importance of science and innovation to drive growth in the EU. We now urgently seek assurances from the commission as to how the role that she and her office played will be continued.”