France pushes back target to cut pesticide use by half to 2025

A farm in Hirson in the north of France
A farm in Hirson in the north of France Reuters/Pascal Rossignol

France has pushed back a target to cut pesticide use by 50 per cent from 2018 to 2025. As the European Union’s top agricultural producer, France is trying to become less dependent on pesticides, which are known to pose health and environmental risks.


The 2018 target was slated as voluntary and pesticide use has actually increased, in part due to poor weather.

As a result, France’s Agriculture Minister Stéphane Le Foll said Tuesday that the deadline for the so-called Ecophyto plan would be pushed forward.

Cutting pesticide use will require strong action from the government and will largely depend on getting more farmers on board, François Veillerette of the French NGO Générations Futures, told RFI.

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