Ragweed: the pollinating plant costing France millions

The ragweed plant
Approximately 6 - 12% of the population exposed to ragweed's pollen are allergic to it

Ragweed pollen allergies cost the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region tens of millions of euros per year, and it is spreading further into France. But what is this disruptive plant?

Ragweed, or in French l’ambroisie, is an invasive plant that provokes allergic reactions in people which can sometimes be quite intense.

It produces a massive quantity of pollen which can cause runny noses, itchy eyes or even asthma or eczema. 

According to the regional health association (ARS), it costs the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, which is the most affected by the pollen, around €40 million per year. This includes the cost of medical consultations, treatments, days of leave from work etc. 

Approximately 6 - 12% of the population exposed to the plant’s pollen are allergic to it, according to the ...

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