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MEPs vote to ban pesticide use in ecological focus areas #biodiversity

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Wednesday 14 Jun 2017

Nessa Childers welcomed the cross-party coalition supporting a ban on the use of pesticides in Ecological Focus Areas (EFAs) across the EU despite strong right-wing opposition.

“I voted to support the ban today, because I believe it is critically important that CAP supports and protects biodiversity. The use of pesticides cannot be considered compatible with the preservation and development of biodiversity. It is vital that EFAs are used for their main purpose, namely the preservation of biodiversity which is one of the major challenges facing the agricultural sector.”

The vote on the Commission’s Delegated Act proposing the ban took place after efforts to block the application on the pretext it might affect availability protein feed.

The Delegated Act consists of 14 measures providing significant simplification for farmers while proposing a ban on pesticides in EFAs. These areas represent only 5% of arable land per farm and less than 8% of the arable lands in Europe. Some, but not all are used for crops.

For more information:  No veto on plans for pesticide-free ecological focus areas