France pushes for non-agricultural pesticide ban across Europe
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.