Here are the most contaminated French regions according to a study (is yours one of them?)

Here are the most contaminated French regions according to a study (is yours one of them?)
Here are the most contaminated French regions according to a study (is yours one of them?)

Finding traces of pesticides in agricultural products is unfortunately no longer a surprise. A study reveals the French regions where contaminated fruits and vegetables are the most contaminated.

Today, France is one of the main agricultural powers in the world, but one black spot could tarnish this reputation: pesticides. Indeed, although the harmful effects of these products on health have been proven, farmers do not hesitate to use them. This is why, on the market, many fruits and vegetables are contaminated by chemical substances. At the highest level, this is becoming worrying, especially since a survey was conducted to identify the French regions most affected by the use of pesticides.

Areas most affected by pesticide treatment

The French regions concerned

This is thanks to a study by the Toulouse association Solagro that we have a small idea of ​​the regions where farmers use pesticide treatment the most. By consulting the results of this study, we see that the level ofuse of chemicals is not the same depending on the region. As the magazine specifies Cosmopolitan, The most affected places are:

  • Specialized agricultural areas of the Greater Paris Basin,
  • Limagne,
  • The Garonne Valley.

The most affected departments

In 2023, the Solagro association had already carried out a study on pesticides in fruits and vegetables. It was clear that last year’s poor performers remained the same this year. Indeed, the departments of Somme, Aisne and Eure-et-Loire were already among the departments most affected by pesticides. The reason why these departments are so affected by pesticides is because they have very littleOrganic Agriculture.

The desire to satisfy a certain demand

During its study, the Solagro association made an observation. Some products are less treated with pesticides than others. Among the most treated foods, we find potatoes, apples, vines and peaches. However, it turns out that potatoes and apples are among the most consumed products by the French. It is therefore important to raise awareness among consumers about the quality of products and to encourage them to turn to organic products.

Pesticides, the enemy of agricultural products?

Agriculture in danger?

France is one of the main agricultural producers in Europe, which makes agriculture one of the economic lungs of the country. Our agricultural exports are among the most important in the world. However, the quality of our products is undermined by the use of pesticides. According to the latest report from theEuropean Food Safety Authority45% of our fruits and vegetables are contaminated by chemicals. While organic farming is an alternative, it is not accessible to everyone because of its price.

The most contaminated agricultural product

When we talk about agricultural product Contaminated by pesticides, strawberries are the most indexed fruit, the scandals created by the Spanish strawberry still resonate in people’s memories. However, it is not this fruit that is at the top of the products most contaminated by pesticides. According to the ranking of the American NGO Environmental Working Group (EWG), the gold medal goes to spinach, a vegetable highly appreciated for its many virtues.

Regulated use

The use of pesticides is still authorized in France. These pesticides help protect agricultural products from various threats such as insects. While their use remains legal, there are tolerance levels. In other words, traces of pesticides in a food must not exceed a certain level, otherwise the product poses a health risk. It might be time to impose sanctions on producers whose fruits and vegetables exceed the Tolerated pesticide rate.

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