The French government released official figures on Wednesday (8 January) confirming that pesticide use saw a dramatic 24% increase from 2017 to 2018.
This comes as a shock given the government’s efforts to reduce the spraying of pesticides through its Ecophyto plan, which aims for a 25% reduction by 2020, as well as a 50% reduction by 2025.
“We must face up to the fact that the policy implemented for more than ten years now is not producing the expected results in the agricultural sector,” acknowledged Ecological and Solidarity Transition Minister, Elisabeth Borne.
Meanwhile, French civil society has denounced “a total failure of the Ecophyto plan”. (EURACTIV.FR)