What exactly are pesticides?
Chemical pesticides are products used by farmers as well as amateur gardeners to treat plants, flowers, fruits, vegetables, cereals, fruit trees and plants in general, and/or to protect them against diseases.
There are three main categories of pesticides: insecticides to kill insect pests; fungicides, to eradicate diseases caused by fungi; and herbicides, to kill weeds.
Why do we need to take action?
France uses more phytosanitary pesticides than any other country in Europe. And yet, as we well know, chemical pesticides are dangerous for both the planet and for people's health. "We still need to reduce the use, the risks and the impacts of phytopharmaceutical products in light of what we have learned since 2008", emphasises France's minister for Food and Agriculture.
More and more farmers, researchers and technicians are implementing measures to reduce their usage, but without compromising the economic performance of farms. This is exactly the thinking behind the "EcoPhyto" plan launched by the French government in 2008 – raise people's awareness and educate them about more environmentally-friendly practices, such as agro-ecology. This agricultural model gives Mother Nature back some of her rights: trees and hedges are planted, with chemicals being replaced by more natural substances.
Carrefour is fully-committed to this approach and is taking concrete action. The retailer has decided to cut out some of the chemical pesticides it uses by increasing use of agro-ecological methods in the manufacture of its Carrefour Quality Line and Reflets de France products. Carrefour wants to take action to preserve the planet's biodiversity – for the well-being of people and animals, as well as for the environment. Its aim is to grow produce responsibly but productively, ensuring that it remains accessible to everyone, while protecting living things.