Controversy over new limits on spraying pesticides

Agricultural unions have met French president before the annual salon de l’agriculture, starting on February the 22nd in Paris, to discuss a new law banning the spraying of pesticides within 5 or 10 metres of homes.

The organisations oppose the ban, saying that this has been especially problematic in the wine sector.

Several mayors have lodged complaints against this decree, in the context of an appeal before the administrative court.

But among the other areas of discontent, the question of French farmers’ incomes is also a major issue.

The Egalim law, which was supposed to restore producers’ margins, has not had the expected effects.

Some sectors, such as foie gras, complain of a 10% drop in sales in 2019, which they attribute to the new law, which prohibits selling more than 25% of production at cut prices.

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