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We want poppies, by Fabrice Nicolino and François Veillerette

Edition Les liens qui libèrent, September 2018 - 128 pages
Un manifest event! "We want poppies" is first and foremost the appeal against pesticides launched in "Charlie Hebdo" where a hundred or so personalities - scientists, artists, activists, even the Catholic Church - are calling for an immediate ban on all synthetic pesticides.
This 125-page warning cry must compel us to act. Divided into six chapters, it defends the inaction of decision-makers, the failures of public policy and the urgent need to act quickly and now. The mad hope that this manifesto book holds lies in the possibility that our children will still be able to marvel tomorrow at a world teeming with bees, ladybirds and other poppies.
Pesticides are poisons that destroy all living things. They are in rainwater, in the morning dew, in the nectar of flowers and the stomachs of bees, in the umbilical cord of newborns, in birds' nests, in mothers' milk, in apples and cherries.
Pesticides are a health tragedy. They cause cancer, Parkinson's disease, motor or cerebral disorders in children, infertility, birth defects. Exposure to pesticides is underestimated by a system that has gone mad and prefers to run away. When one pesticide is banned, ten others take its place. There are thousands of them.
We no longer recognize our country. Nature is disfigured. A third of the birds have disappeared in fifteen years; half of the butterflies in twenty years; bees and pollinators are dying by the billions; frogs and grasshoppers seem to have vanished; wild flowers are becoming rare. Give us back our poppies and blueberries! Give us back the beauty of the world!
No, we don't. At no cost. We demand protection. We demand from our rulers the banning of all pesticides in France. Not tomorrow. Not tomorrow. Now. Enough talk, enough action.
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 "
Please note During the entire duration of the Appeal - two years - and each month, the signatories are invited to meet on the same day and at the same time in the squares of the towns and villages where they live: So meet every first Friday of each month at 6pm to bring this Call to life.
During all this time, like a telethon, the initiators of the appeal want thousands of events of all sizes and orders to take place in France, to defend the hope of a country finally rid of these terrible poisons. They will regularly update the already large list of groups, associations and personalities who support this great democratic movement. No politicians have been approached because it is now society that speaks. Thus far from being an arrival point, the Appeal is never but a departure. For it is not a petition, forgotten as soon as it is signed. It obliges, and wants to transform thousands of signatories into as many social actors whose aim will be to work towards victory.

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