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
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.