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European Parliament calls for binding pesticide reduction targets

2021-10-20T09:47:57.979Z

The European Parliament on Wednesday asked the Commission for "binding targets" for reducing pesticides, as part of its strategy ...



The European Parliament on Wednesday asked the Commission for "

binding targets

" for reducing pesticides, as part of its food strategy for the EU by 2030 aimed at reducing the use of pesticides and fertilizers and increasing organic crops .

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"

MEPs insisted on the need for a more sustainable food supply chain at all levels and reaffirmed that all actors - from farmers to consumers - have a role to play,

" said in a statement, the European Parliament.

The text submitted to the vote of MEPs in Strasbourg gathered 452 votes in favor, coming from all elected environmentalists and almost all elected left.

On the other hand, 170 deputies voted against, including French elected representatives of the PPE group (right), as well as of the far-right group ID and that of eurosceptics ECR.

The French Anne Sander (PPE) had denounced a strategy "

not acceptable

" which "

risks sacrificing our food autonomy and the future of our farmers

".

In addition, 76 abstained, mainly from the EPP and the ECR.

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The “

From farm to fork

strategy

was unveiled in May 2020 by the European Commission, which has yet to make legislative proposals on the subject.

By 2030, this plan aims to reduce the use of pesticides by half and that of fertilizers by 20%, to reduce the sales of antimicrobials for farm animals by 50% and to devote a quarter of the cultivated land to 'organic farming.

The European agricultural organization Copa-Cogeca has sounded the alarm on the risk of yield collapse.

Bring our food system back to planetary limits

To limit the impact on farmers' incomes, the European Parliament asked the Commission to “

step up (r) its efforts - including by adapting competition rules - to strengthen the position of farmers in the supply chain. 'supply

'. The text voted on also calls for "

measures to reduce overconsumption of meat

" and the gradual disappearance of cage farming. "

We are proposing concrete measures to bring our food system back to the limits of our planet,

" commented the radical left-wing Dutch MEP Anja Hazekamp, ​​rapporteur for the text for the European Parliament's environment committee.

The European Parliament is due to vote in November on the future Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), which for the time being does not include the objectives of "

Farm to Fork

".

Source: lefigaro

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