Generations Futures – 669, 102 signatures to stop neonicotinoid pesticides
On 16 June the French Minister for the Environment Ségolène Royal responded to public mobilisation by supporting a ban of neonicotinoid pesticides from 2018 and the development of alternatives.
Generations Futures was one of four organisations that delivered over 669,000 signatures to the Ministry of Ecology, Energy and the Sea in favour of a ban of these pesticides. The organisations have asked the minister to support a total ban from 1 September 2018 to address health, environmental and economic issues related to the extensive use of these pesticides.
Ségolène Royal highlighted the importance of not waiting another 10 years to do things that are obvious and have been identified as harmful. She will present this to the National Assembly to support this position and be backed by concrete action for between now and 2018 with practical changes. Royal has announced the establishment of a call for projects to promote and support agronomic alternatives.
Generations Futures and the other organisations welcome this vision and concrete commitment and hope MPs and Senators will take the same path.
On the second reading, MPs in the Sustainable Development Committee of the National Assembly voted for such a deadline. Yet, in the Senate the government meanwhile brought about the need for a ban but in 2020. The organisations including Generations Future believe that such a deadline does not answer the environmental or health emergency. It is hoped that the government follows the same path as the Minister of the Environment and listen to the concerns of citizens on the impacts of pesticides on their health.
Originally posted on 1 July 2016