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Ecophyto plan: Farmers and environmental associations disagree on pesticide use indicators

Environmental non-governmental organizations (NGOs) involved in consultations on the revision of the Ecofito plan announced on Monday, February 12, that the main indicator for measuring pesticide use in France was to be maintained. “White Line”Before an important meeting in the Ministry of Agriculture.

“The challenge of the NODU indicator [nombre de doses unités] »Ecofito Plan Reference Tool, “This calls into question the goal of reducing pesticide use”“, – it is stated in the joint press release of eight non-governmental organizations. Signatory associations, including Future Generations, WWF France, the Nature and Human Foundation and the League for the Protection of Birds, are calling for NODU to remain. “Plan reference and monitoring indicator”.

These non-governmental organizations were supposed to participate, on Monday afternoon, in the Strategic Orientation and Monitoring Committee (COS) at the Ministry of Agriculture with the government, elected officials and representatives of farmers, industry, on the future of Ecofito. This plan, which aims to halve pesticide use by 2030 (compared to 2015-2017), was suspended by Gabriel Atal. “Time to set a new indicator” which will replace NODU, the main French measuring instrument.

Farmers’ efforts

NODU, expressed in hectares, takes into account the number of active substances sold and their reference dose – or “unit dose” – specific to each substance. He appreciates it “Our reliance on pesticides to avoid the bias associated with large differences in approved doses between molecules”explains the National Research Institute of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Protection (Inrae) on its website.

The National Federation of Farmers’ Unions (FNSEA) and the chemical industry strongly oppose the NODU, which does not reflect the efforts of farmers who claim to have already reduced pesticide use by 46% over 20 years.

“Our organizations cannot condone this rejection of democracy, nor this fifteen-year rollback, which in a matter of days will end months and years of collective work where many stakeholders have worked to make the plan a success.Non-governmental organizations continue in the press release.

Invitation to Monday’s COS “It did not contain an agenda or working papers that were circulated in preparation for this meeting.”Non-governmental organizations are accused of: “How can we imagine in these conditions, in two hours, with about eighty participants and four ministers, that this is a desire to work in peaceful conditions?” » Non-governmental organizations announce that they will hold a briefing with the Ministry of Agriculture at around 16:00.

Author: The world with AFP

Source: Le Monde

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