We want poppies, by Fabrice Nicolino and François Veillerette
Edition Les liens qui libèrent, September 2018 - 128 pages
Mr. Speaker, "We want poppies" is the movement that was launched yesterday in France by public figures, scientists, artists and citizens. What do they want? They are calling for an immediate ban on all synthetic pesticides. It is a call from humans to other humans. We have an obligation to move forward together, in the interests of the 500 million European citizens, but also and above all - I feel like saying - of our farmers, who are the first victims of pesticides, but who are calling for the same rules for everyone within the internal market.We must act responsibly, but there is an urgency, and we know it. We cannot pretend that there is no fertility problem, that there is no early puberty, that 80 % of the insects or 30 % of our birds have not disappeared and that the pollinators are not in danger of dying. The European Commission, Commissioner, must apply, and we know this, the precautionary principle as laid down in Article 191(2) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. I therefore hope that, in its future proposals, the European executive will take account of our recommendations made here, but also that our Committee of Inquiry on Pesticides, which will report at the end of this year, will do the same.At this point, I would like to pay a special tribute to my colleague Pavel Poc for this excellent report, which is the fruit of a genuine commitment on his part on this subject for several years now.Eric Andrieu, deputy "