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GF: Concerns about France’s increased pesticides use

Generations Futures (GF) is alarmed by the increase in the French pesticide market. In 2011, in terms of volume, an extra 1.3% of pesticides were used, while in value an additional 5% was made on its sales for a total of nearly 1.9 billion euros.

GF thinks the reason for the increase are lack of political will to push for change in agricultural practices, problems with the Permanent Assembly of Chambers of Agriculture (APCA), and the failure to properly plan and implement the Ecophyto programme.

With herbicide sales also rising by 17%, GF thinks more environmentally safe alternative techniques need to be used as opposed to current and potentially very dangerous products.

France is not only the biggest agricultural country in Europe, it is also number one for pesticide use. Francois Veillerette, spokesperson for Future Generations, says: " Under the French Environmental plan pesticide use is supposed to be halved by 2018. We are relying on the new Government to take the necessary measures in the coming months to bring the heart of its policy of protecting health and the environment and promotion of alternative systems to respect our rights and the planet."

Originally posted on 9 July 2012

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