France pushes for non-agri­cul­tural pes­ti­cide ban across Europe

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The se­na­tor be­hind France’s ban on pes­ti­cides for do­mes­tic use has sub­mit­ted a draft Euro­pean res­o­lu­tion calling on the EU to fol­low the French ex­am­ple and im­ple­ment a full ban on the non-agri­cul­tural use of pes­ti­cides.

“We have man­aged to do it in France, there is no rea­son why we should not be able to ex­tend the ban to the rest of Europe.” For Green se­na­tor Joël Labbé, end­ing the use of pes­ti­cides in gar­dens is just com­mon sense.

At a press con­fer­ence, the au­thor of the law on the use of phy­tosan­i­tary prod­ucts in France an­nounced that he had sub­mit­ted an EU res­o­lu­tion to ban the non-agri­cul­tural use of pes­ti­cides across Europe.

The non-bind­ing res­o­lu­tion calls on the EU to look into the pos­si­bil­ity of a pes­ti­cide ban for private con­sumers, as well as lo­cal au­thor­i­ties.

France be­came the first EU coun­try to take this step with the Labbé law in 2014. In force since Jan­uary this year, the first stage of the law for­bids the use of pes­ti­cides by the French state, lo­cal au­thor­i­ties and public bod­ies for the main­te­nance of public spa­ces, forests and road­sides. Dero­ga­tions ex­ist for ceme­ter­ies and sports grounds.

Bel­gium, Lux­em­bourg and the Nether­lands have set them­selves sim­i­lar tar­gets of cut­ting non-agri­cul­tural pes­ti­cide use. Wal­lo­nia, for ex­am­ple, be­came a ‘zero phyto’ area in 2015, with some ex­cep­tions that will ex­pire in 2019. The sale of phy­tosan­i­tary prod­ucts to am­a­teur gar­den­ers will also be banned from Jan­uary 2019. With the vast ma­jor­ity of phy­tosan­i­tary prod­ucts in France used in pro­fes­sional agri­cul­ture, the law will cut the over­all use of these chem­i­cals by around 10 per­cent.

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