French NGOs bring court case on confinement pesticides

The groups are calling for all reductions in crop spraying buffer zone distances to be overruled

Nine NGOs in France are taking the French government to court for allegedly using Covid-19 as an excuse to allow pesticides to be sprayed on crops too close to housing, in contravention of laws imposed in December.

The NGOs have accused the government of going back on its previous decision to impose strict limits on how close pesticides can be sprayed near homes and workplaces, under the pretext of Covid-19 confinement, which currently limit public meetings.

The NGOs are Générations Futures, UFC-Que Choisir, Collectif de Soutien aux Victimes des Pesticides de l’Ouest, France Nature Environnement, Union Syndicale Solidaires, Eau et Rivières de Bretagne, AMLP, and the LPO; along with the support of pesticide victim group le Collectif Victimes des Pesticides des Hauts de France.

The groups are calling for all waivers that reduce crop spraying buffer zone distances to be overruled, as they ...

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