Turn to pesticides and the European Parliament rejects a 50% reduction by 2030

In 2020, Europe launched the Green Deal and its application in agriculture, the “Farm to Fork” strategy, which envisages a 50% reduction in pesticide use and 25% of organically cultivated farmland by 2030. The approach, which is almost in denial, first failed to stop the spread of glyphosate and then by voting against a regulation aimed at phasing out synthetic pesticides

Pesticides, we stand at a standstill: if we could recall on the one hand the current European legislation to adopt an ambitious green agenda, on the other hand today’s vote against the regulation on the sustainable use of plant protection products (SUR) expressed by the European Parliament represents a serious mistake.

The Wiener report was rejected by 299 votes to 207 with 121 abstentions: more nos than yes to the Commission’s proposal tosustainable use of pesticides (SUR) and a 50% reduction by 2030. A heavy defeat in this regard, especially considering the very recent decision of the European Commission to renew the approval of glyphosate for another 10 years.

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A proposed regulation presented by the Commission in June 2022 to halve the use of chemical pesticides by 2030 and significantly limit their use in sensitive urban areas and Natura 2000 sites, except those permitted for organic farming and biological control, was a cornerstone of the strategy Farm to Fork and Biodiversity 2030, already greatly weakened by the delay in adopting a legislative framework for sustainable food systems, according to WWF.

As MEPs rejected the request to send the text back to the Environment Committee, the ball is now in the court of the Council of the European Union, which will have to adopt a negotiating position at first reading. Only then can the text adopted by the Council be examined in a second reading in Parliament. A journey that takes a lot of time.

So nothing good for the environment in Strasbourg, where, among other things, a less ambitious line to reduce plastic packaging passed in the last few hours.

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