44% of shops continue to sell pesticides on self-service shelves, despite a ban that entered into force on 1 January 2017. This was the conclusion of a study published by consumer group CLCV on Tuesday (11 July). The study covered specialised shops and supermarkets with a gardening section.
“When we began this investigation, we never expected this result,” said Adrien Tchang-Minh, the head of environment at CLCV.
Which products are concerned?
France’s agriculture ministry makes a distinction between two categories of products: those known as “bio controlled”, which are mainly natural substances that limit the risk of toxicity, and chemical phytosanitary products.
The law on the future of agriculture, food and forests (LAAAF) concerns chemical pesticides, and it is the sale of these dangerous products that the consumer association’s investigation targeted.
What the law says