“The break is not a step backwards”: the suspension of the Ecophyto 2030 plan is not a step backwards, believes Marc Fesneau

The Minister of Agriculture, Marc Fesneau, declared on Sunday February 4 that the pause in the implementation of the Ecophyto 2030 plan, which aims to reduce the use of pesticides by 50% by 2030 compared to the 2015 period -2017 in France did not constitute a setback in terms of ecology.

A break is not a step back“, declared Marc Fesneau on LCI, affirming that France is the country which has made the most progress in Europe on the issue of phytosanitary products.

“This is not a setback because in the budget of the Ministry of Agriculture, for example, there are 1.2 billion euros planned to reduce phytosanitary products, to plant hedges, to make protein diversification,” he added.

A criticized decision

The Minister of Ecological Transition, Christophe Béchu, promised in an interview with the Tribune Sunday that the Ecophyto plan was going to be reviewed”within three weekss”, before the Agricultural Show which will take place at the end of February.

Prime Minister Gabriel Attal announced a “pause” in implementation on Thursday you plan Ecophyto 2030, which aims to reduce the use of pesticides by 50% by 2030 compared to the period 2015-2017 in France, raising criticism from environmental defenders and part of the political class.

Marc Fesneau also pointed the finger at LCI “the race for the lowest price”, particularly in mass distribution, which threatens the food sovereignty put forward by the Prime Minister. On this issue, the minister called on everyone to “take your share of responsibility”.

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