In 2016, France’s National Assembly voted to totally ban the bee-killing pesticides known as neonicotinoids by September 2018. Now, the time has come to make good on that plan, the country announced on Saturday. While farmers are incensed by this move, beekeepers are even angrier. Earlier this summer, Parisian beekeepers staged a bee funeral to really drive the point home about the loss of pollinators.
Recently France and even the EU as a whole have made strides when it comes to pesticides:
- France is phasing out glyphosate use by 2022.
- The UK will back full ban on bee-killing pesticides
- Late 2016, France banned pesticides in public places.
- Non-professionals will no longer be able to buy pesticides over the counter.
- A French ban of pesticides in private gardens will be complete by 2019.
- In Spring of 2016, ANSES — French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety — sent manufacturers a letter of intent to withdraw its authorization for herbicides containing glyphosate with the adjuvant (additive) tallow amine.
- A French study found hundreds of glaring conflicts of interest in studies that spread glowing reviews of GMOs.