"We are targeting the products, not the farmers", insists Franck Rinchet-Girollet, one of the spokespersons for Avenir Santé Environnement.
This association is organizing this Saturday, December 3, in La Rochelle, a "march for a real agricultural transition and an exit from pesticides".
This is a first for this association founded in 2018 after several unexplained cases of pediatric cancers in the plain of Aunis (Charente-Maritime).
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For four years, its members have been mobilizing to try to identify “risk factors” and to alert elected officials and inhabitants of the territory to the dangerousness – real or supposed – of pesticides.
In September, they published a forum signed by 80 associations, collectives and unions to denounce “an alarming observation”.
Faced with the lack of reaction from the public authorities and to keep up the pressure, Avenir Santé Environnement thus imagined this “family and apart-site” event, explains Franck Rinchet-Girollet.
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“The government had promised answers on the use of prosulfocarb in September but we still have nothing.
This is unacceptable,” said the father of a family.
Last summer, this herbicide panicked the plain of Aunis faced with “levels never before observed in France”.
However, prosulfocarb is massively used... at this very moment on field crops.
The Association hopes to attract as many local elected officials as possible, thus demonstrating their involvement in this dossier.
It is also campaigning to transform the territory of La Rochelle into a “test area” to develop an agriculture free of products classified as CMR (carcinogenic, mutagenic or reprotoxic).
Saturday December 3, 2 p.m., departing from the Saint-Nicolas tower, in La Rochelle.