Between March and September, treatments with plant protection products are very frequent.
To protect local residents from pesticides applied to crops, no-treatment zones (ZNT) have been defined. Current regulations impose minimum spraying distances of 3 to 20 m depending on the crop and the equipment used.
These distances aim to protect homes and places where vulnerable people live, such as schools, hospitals and retirement homes, from the drift of the toxic substances used.
Are these no-treatment zones sufficient to protect the health of local residents from exposure to agricultural pesticides?
To answer this question, the association Générations Futures and YOOTEST are organising the first national campaign to measure pesticide residues in homes near these treatment zones: EXPORIP for Exposure of Residents to Agricultural Pesticides.
This participatory campaign aims to mobilise anyone to take samples of pesticide-laden dust on the windows of buildings themselves. These samples are sent to the YOOTEST laboratory to be analysed and provide the measurement of 30 of the most used pesticides in France.
A map to visualise the geographical location of pesticide residue measurements
Pesticides are used everywhere in France and the citizens' mobilization is also national. An interactive map allows you to follow the evolution of the campaign and to visualize the results of the pesticide residue measurements.
For reasons of confidentiality, the locations do not indicate the precise location of the sampling site
The data produced are public and will be the subject of a summary report. The map shows the coordinates of the commune in which the sampling was carried out and the pesticides that were measured among the 30 selected phytosanitary products.
Would you like to participate in the EXPORIP campaign?
The problem of pesticide drift concerns us all, whether we live in the country or in the city. To participate in the EXPORIP campaign:
- Order your sampling kit on YOOTEST [https://www.yootest.com/products/campagne-pesticides-generation-futures-exporip#15333709]
- Take the sample on a glass surface
- Send your sample to the laboratory
For more information on the campaign, you can consult the following links