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Spreading pesticides: distances from stupidity

It was not a good idea to find out this Saturday about the government's decision to set the minimum distance between homes and pesticide application areas at 5 or 10 metres. I was in the middle of reading the book "Psychology of bullshit" (1). And now we're swimming in

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River

Pesticides, urban and industrial discharges, microparticles... The toxic cocktail of French rivers

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Everything can be found in French rivers and streams: from pesticides widely used in agriculture to urban and industrial discharges, from organic compounds left over from our activities to the micropollutants and microparticles in our atmosphere. It's an unsavoury cocktail, a large part of which has not yet been identified and of which we don't know what it is.

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organic drifts

The Hidden Wolves of the Organic Boom

Organic farming is definitely on the up and up. The latest figures published by the Organic Agency, which has been scrutinising this market for several years, set an impressive series of records. But behind these abstract figures, there are some very concrete realities. The organic origins, the organic products grown by farmers and the organic

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glyphosate application

Glyphosate: European authorities took Monsanto's reports verbatim to authorize the pesticide

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Pure plagiarism. In literature, it's not very pretty, but in public health, it's very serious. In 2017, the European Union extended the use of glyphosate, the famous herbicide from the firm Monsanto/Bayer, for five years. This authorisation is the result of an expert report that plagiarized the use of glyphosate.

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bees

The saga of the ban on necotinoids: why the 20-year wait?

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C’est peut-être la fin d’une interminable bataille : vendredi 27 avril 2018, les États membres de l’Union européenne ont adopté la proposition de la Commission d’interdire trois néonicotinoïdes (la clothianidine, l’imidaclopride et le thiaméthoxame) à toutes les cultures en plein champ. Ces produits suscitent la controverse depuis leur déploiement dans les années 1990.

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pollution of l'air

A campaign to measure the presence of pesticides in the air in 2018

Les associations de surveillance de la qualité de l’air mesureront en 2018 la présence des pesticides dans l’air, dans le cadre d’une campagne exploratoire destinée à mieux évaluer l’exposition de la population, a indiqué ATMO France, qui fédère ces organismes.   La campagne, pilotée par l’Agence nationale de sécurité sanitaire

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glyphosate

Bataille du glyphosate : les liens secrets entre la profession agricole et l’industrie des pesticides

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La Commission européenne vient de décider le renouvellement pour cinq ans de la licence du glyphosate, une molécule présente dans de nombreux herbicides, et considérée comme cancérogène probable. Le ministre français Nicolas Hulot souhaitait un renouvellement pour trois ans mais 18 autres pays lui ont donné tort. Alors que de

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