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The French government is partly responsible for biodiversity collapse – when will it regulate pesticide use?

The Paris Administrative Court ruled that the French government is partly responsible for the biodiversity collapse due to the excessive use of pesticides in intensive agriculture ⚠️
The Court found the French State liable for ecological damage "resulting from the widespread, diffuse, chronic and lasting contamination of water and soil by the active substances of phytopharmaceutical products [pesticides], the decline in biodiversity and biomass and the impairment of the benefits derived by humans from the environment".
This is such a great victory, and we definitely need more rulings such as this one.
However, this decision isn't perfect. While it recognizes the responsibility of the State for the shortcomings in the processes for assessing pesticides –shortcomings which directly result in the decline in biodiversity–, the Court does not order the State to review these procedures! This means that the French government does not have to act, but can choose to act or not. And we know from previous examples that most of the time, it chooses NOT to act ⚠️ (see when French president Macron wanted to pause EU environmental regulations; or when a report showed that the ecological transition hasn't begun in France; or when, despite a ruling by the highest administrative court, the government still doesn't act on climate change... and the list goes on and on and on).
Therefore, the plaintiffs will appeal this point of the decision. They also call on the government to "urgently review risk assessment procedures, reassess the dangerousness of the nearly 3,000 plant protection products approved in France, withdraw problematic substances from the market, and ensure that new substances that are toxic to living organisms do not enter the market".

Picture from Libération
Picture from Libération

Source (in French):
https://www.liberation.fr/environnement/biodiversite/pollution-aux-pesticides-letat-francais-juge-en-partie-responsable-de-leffondrement-de-la-biodiversite-20230629_WN4LP2FAYVCVJL3V752GEQIMCE/



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  • Munene Mugambi

    50 w

    The French government has become a sham and a disgrace in matters environment

    7
    • George Kariuki

      50 w

      Governments should prioritize sustainable agricultural practices and promote the use of alternatives to harmful pesticides.

      4
    • winnie nguru

      50 w

      More action from the French government is what we would all like to see

      4
      • Kevin

        50 w

        The French government needs to awaken from this

        7
        • walter lungayi

          50 w

          @Kevin true

          2
        • Sarah Chabane

          50 w

          A well deserved warning ⚠️⚠️

          3
          • Daniel Waweru

            50 w

            I'm impressed by this great wake up call. The govt needs to work on it asap

            5
            • Ford Brodeur

              50 w

              Great to see this decision come to fruition, but it sounds like there is still a long road ahead,

              15
              • Marine Stephan

                50 w

                @ford_brodeur_ yes definitely! I really hope the government will act on it... but agrochemical lobbies are pretty strong in France...

                9
                • Ford Brodeur

                  50 w

                  @marine_stephan Feel that. They're pretty strong in the US too...

                  15
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