Five French cities prohibit the use of pesticides

Paris, Lille, Clermont-Ferrand, Nantes and Grenoble place ban on the chemical products in a sustainability bid

  • September 17, 2019 14:30
  • Author Aseniya Dimitrova
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The French cities of Paris, Lille, Clermont-Ferrand, Nantes and Grenoble have put a ban on the usage of pesticides, as it was announced on Thursday. The cities claim to be strongly engaged with the environmental protection and the adaptation to climate change; therefore this is one of the concrete and rapid measures introduced at the local level as means to make the territories more resilient and to protect the health of their inhabitants.

As of 1st of January 2019 a national ban on the sale of pesticides to private persons is in place in France but was far earlier when local actions aiming to limit the use of chemical phytosanitary products were taken. In Paris for example the use of pesticides in public parks and gardens has been banned since 2008 and the city has been inciting private persons to refrain from using them as well.

In addition to the ban, the cities will be launching information campaigns on the alternative products to be used for maintaining green spaces and private gardens. As explayed by the mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo on Facebook, a kit Zero-Pesticides was prepared for the locals to enable them to garden without pesticides.

Pesticide use is associated with harmful emissions and contamination of soil, water, turf and vegetation.

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