France has announced a ban on the sale of 1,500 pesticides from February 1, 2008. The move is part of the country's plan to
phase out the use of 53 phytosanitary substances, used in pesticides, over the next decade.
Environmentalists say these substances are suspected of putting farmers' health at risk. In the first phase, licences for
products containing 30 phytosanitary substances are scrapped this year. "These substances are contained in more than 1,500
pesticides and are considered the most worrying," notes a press release by the ministry of agriculture and fisheries. The
sale of the pesticide will remain authorized until the end of April 2008 and farmers may use them until the end of the
The ministry has granted a one-year delay for three products made of carbendazime, molinate and dinocap, for which
alternative solutions will be made available by 2009.
The move has hit some of the world's leading pharma companies including us companies Dow
Chemical and DuPont, Germany's Bayer and basf and Switzerland's Syngenta. The companies have
accused France of flouting eu standards as 10 of the substances France wants to ban are still
authorized for use in other countries in the eu.