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Générations Futures reacts to France’s national plan on EDCs

Générations Futures reacted strongly to a public consultation in France on a proposed national strategy on the risks posed by endocrine disrupting chemicals (SNPE). In a press release, they said that while parts of the proposed text were partially satisfactory, they denounced the French government’s willingness to revise the exclusion criteria on pesticides.

They say that the SNPE was supposed to affirm the key role that France is claiming to play in the current policy discussions on endocrine disruptors. Instead, although Générations Futures acknowledge that the text recognises the new paradigm posed by the specific action of endocrine disrupters, a particular paragraph in the text represents a step backwards on pesticides.

The unacceptable paragraph (C.2.2) allows the possibility to revise the exclusion, or cut-off, criteria set under the pesticides regulation once these substances have been identified as EDCs.

’If this text on pesticides is kept, it would more or less invalidate the terms of the European legislation for an a priori exclusion of endocrine disrupting pesticides... It should certainly not be kept in a paper presented by a government that claims to be making agriculture in France a model of ‘agro ecology’, said François Veillerette spokesman of Générations Futures. He added that he saw the text as “an intolerable provocation”.

Last updated on 8 October 2013

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