France bans pesticides in public green spaces

France bans pesticides in public green spaces

The French government has banned pesticides across public forests, parks and gardens. Local Authorities will still be allowed to use pesticides in moderation in their cemetries.

The new measure is part of a larger green program adopted by French lawmakers that also includes a ban on plastic bags for vegetables and a ban on disposable plastic plates, cups and cutlery.

Non-professional gardeners will no longer be able to buy pesticides over the counter and from 2019 they will be prohibited in private gardens too. 

Various American cities are also making steps towards going pesticide free. Seattle Parks and Recreation has an extensive pesticide reduction scheme, where chemical-free green spaces are given a special designation. 

14 Seattle parks have been completely pesticide-free since 2001, with plans to extend this to 22 parks. The city's neonicotoid-free status earned it designation as a Bee City, U.S.A. in May 2015.