French people can now know to what extent pesticides are used by farms close to their home.
The interactive map – the first of its kind – was created by an agroecological organization called Solagro, and named Adonis after a type of flowering plant that has been largely eradicated due to herbicides.
The map Allows the inhabitants to zoom in on their town and to view the frequency of use of pesticides, as well as the types of treatments used.
For each locality, there is a treatment frequency indicator (TFI) from 0 to 18.48, an IFT for herbicides from 0 to 2.55, an IFT for biological control products and information on the most common crop. more prevalent in the area.
There is also an indication of the proportion of organic farms in the region.
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If the municipality is highlighted in dark red, it means that there is a high use of pesticides in the area. If it is green, on the other hand, very few products are used there.
At the national level, the agricultural areas that consume the most pesticides are located in the north of France, the vineyards of the south-west and in areas devoted to orchards.
In these places, according to Solagro, there is “a lack of crop rotation” and “more intensive farming practices”.
Green spaces are usually located “in the mountains and coastal wetlands, where polyculture systems dominate with a high presence of untreated grass patches”.
“The ultimate goal is to turn the 10 million hectares currently in red to green,” said Solagro’s agro-ecology-biodiversity project manager, Aurélien Chayre.
“This map could be used as an orientation tool for farmers and for steering public policies at local, regional or even national level,” said Nadine Lauvergeat of the environmental association Générations Futurs.
To build the map, Solagro used data from the 2020 Graphic Land Register.
Food company Ecotone has also collaborated with Solagro to create a Discontinued Pesticide Index (PPI) registry that will allow food companies to easily measure their pesticide footprint and find ways to reduce it.
“With this index, we call on agricultural professionals to take up this challenge and take their responsibilities,” said Ecotone president Christophe Barnouin.
Ecotone said its index and other activities helped save 90,000 hectares from 304,609 chemical treatments in 2021.
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