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France: official ban of pesticides in public green spaces
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From New Year’s Day on spraying of pesticides is forbidden in France, chemicals are banned from all public green spaces, including parks, gardens and forests.
"France has a long tradition in opposition to genetically modified organisms, Monsanto, and other agrochemical companies and creations, and now they’ve decided to take it a step further", writes the online service March Against Monsanto. Environmental organizations, other NGOs, critical consumers and concerned parents are happy about that decision.
The ban has already taken effect, impacting not only city workers but also private gardener as well. Only cemeteries will still be allowed to spray the chemicals, but non-professional gardeners will not be allowed to buy pesticides. According to a video report from the website NewsBeat Social, France uses more than 80,000 tons of the chemicals per year, which makes them known as Europe’s top user of synthetic pesticides. That is a big change now.