France’s neonicotinoid ban a ‘dead end’ for farmers who need to fight pests

Seed treating x
Neonicotinoid seed treatment. Credit: Crop Production Magazine

The ban on the use of neonicotinoids as of September 1, 2018 is leading to agronomic dead ends for many farmers. These agronomic tools help to fight insect pests, but there are still no effective alternatives today. This is one of biggest issues facing stakeholders in the agricultural world.

…. Since 1 September, the use of …. active substances of the neonicotinoid family is prohibited. This is not without consequences for farmers, who must control pests.

According to a recent ANSES report, ” biological control, physical control by application of a protective layer (paraffin oil, clay …), and sexual confusion control” represent alternatives to this family of insecticides …. ” These agronomic tools can contribute to the fight against pests, but there is no real alternative to neonicotinoids. The subject is vast and difficult, “says Aurélien Dubos, cultural advisor of the Chamber of Agriculture of Eure.

Related article:  Allergic to all known chemicals?

Editor’s note: This article was originally published in French. This summary was prepared with Google Translate and edited for clarity. 

Read full, original article: To date, “there is no real alternative to neonicotinoids”

Outbreak
Outbreak Daily Digest
Biotech Facts & Fallacies
Talking Biotech
Genetics Unzipped
ft covidresponseus feature

Video: Viewpoint: The US wrote the global playbook on the coronavirus and then ignored it

A year ago, the United States was regarded as the country best prepared for a pandemic. Our government had spent ...
mag insects image superjumbo v

Disaster interrupted: Which farming system better preserves insect populations: Organic or conventional?

A three-year run of fragmentary Armageddon-like studies had primed the journalism pumps and settled the media framing about the future ...
dead bee desolate city

Are we facing an ‘Insect Apocalypse’ caused by ‘intensive, industrial’ farming and agricultural chemicals? The media say yes; Science says ‘no’

The media call it the “Insect Apocalypse”. In the past three years, the phrase has become an accepted truth of ...
globalmethanebudget globalcarbonproject cropped x

Infographic: Cows cause climate change? Agriculture scientist says ‘belching bovines’ get too much blame

A recent interview by Caroline Stocks, a UK journalist who writes about food, agriculture and the environment, of air quality ...
organic hillside sweet corn x

Organic v conventional using GMOs: Which is the more sustainable farming?

Many consumers spend more for organic food to avoid genetically modified products in part because they believe that “industrial agriculture” ...
benjamin franklin x

Are most GMO safety studies funded by industry?

The assertion that biotech companies do the research and the government just signs off on it is false ...
gmo corn field x

Do GMO Bt (insect-resistant) crops pose a threat to human health or the environment?

Bt is a bacterium found organically in the soil. It is extremely effective in repelling or killing target insects but ...
favicon

Environmental Working Group: EWG challenges safety of GMOs, food pesticide residues

Known by some as the "Environmental Worrying Group," EWG lobbies for tighter GMO legislation and famously puts out annual "dirty dozen" list of fruits and ...
m hansen

Michael Hansen: Architect of Consumers Union ongoing anti-GMO campaign

Michael K. Hansen (born 1956) is thought by critics to be the prime mover behind the ongoing campaign against agricultural biotechnology at Consumer Reports. He is an ...
News on human & agricultural genetics and biotechnology delivered to your inbox.
Optional. Mail on special occasions.
Send this to a friend