• Learn About Pesticides in Foods
  • Learn About Colony Collapse Disorder and How to Protect Bees
  • Link to SK Organic Resources
  • LIving Near Fields Increases Pesticide Exposure
  • Driving Near Recently Sprayed Fields Exposes People to Pesticides
  • SNAP Tour of Organic Vegetable Garden
  • Learn To Manage Weeds Without Chemical Pesticides
  • Learn to Manage Pests Naturally
  • Learn to Keep Insects Out of your Crops
  • SNAP Display at Event

International

France Enacts Sweeping Restrictions on Pesticide Use in Public and Private Landscaped Areas   (Beyond Pesticides, July 13, 2022) A new law in France bans the use of lawn and landscape pesticides in both public and private areas frequently used by the public. The law, which came into effect at the beginning of this month, applies throughout the country and extends the scope of a previous decree that restricted pesticide use on green spaces in public areas.'    The article includes a 'laundry list of sensitive sites where pesticide use can unnecessarily harm individuals or the wider public:'

EU Bans Pesticides in Parks, Playgrounds, and Playing Fields; Fails to Set Organic Transition Goals in Ag    (Beyond Pesticides, July 1, 2022) 'The European Commission (EC) introduced on June 22 new rules that ban all pesticides in “public parks or gardens, playgrounds, recreation or sports grounds, public paths, as well as ecologically sensitive areas.” In agriculture, the policy adopts strategies for achieving the pesticide use- and risk-reduction goals of its Farm to Fork initiative.'    " In order to protect human health and the environment, the use of plant protection products in sensitive areas and within 3 metres of such areas, should therefore be prohibited. Derogations from the prohibition should only be allowed under certain conditions and on a case by-case basis.”   'On this side of the pond, USDA recently announced significantly greater funding for the transition of U.S. agricultural acres to organic production.'    SNAP Comment: 3 meters is a very small buffer...

Pesticide-Free Towns Campaign gains momentum (in the UK)  (PAN UK, March 22nd, 2019) Not long after the recent news from the London Borough of Croydon, which has ended the use of pesticides in all its public parks and green spaces, we have news from three major UK cities that are switching to pesticide-free: BristolDerry and Trafford, joining the ranks of Hammersmith & Fulham, Lewes, Wadebridge, Glastonbury and others.

France Bans Pesticides in Public Green Spaces (The Associated Press, Dec 29, 2016) French children will soon be able to frolic in the grass without risk of intoxication.Pesticides will be banned in all public green spaces from Sunday while non-professional gardeners will no longer be able to buy pesticides over the counter. The new measure is part of a larger green program adopted by French lawmakers that also includes a ban on plastic bags for vegetables. The pesticide ban covers public forests, parks and gardens, but local authorities are still allowed to use pesticides in cemeteries. The new law also stipulates that pesticides will be prohibited in private gardens from 2019.