Pesticides: find out if your municipality is particularly exposed thanks to an interactive map

How many pesticides do the crops in your municipality use and, by extension, to what level are you exposed to them by living in this area? In an attempt to provide a visual and quantified answer to these questions, the Solagro association has published an interactive map.

How often are phytosanitary treatments used in your municipality? To answer this, the Solagro association published this Wednesday, June 22 the first interactive map on the use of pesticides in the municipalities.

“This municipal map of France of the use or non-use of pesticides makes it possible for the first time to locate their use on a territory at the municipal level through an indicator which is the IFT (Index of frequency of treatment )”, indicates Solagro in the presentation of his card. To view the map, click on the image below.

Useful in several ways

Useful to communitiesthis card allows them in particular tohave “valuable information concerning the protection of their water resources and health risks of their fellow citizens”.

For the farmersit is also a good basis for compare the TFI of their culture to the average TFI of their municipality. For the researchersit is a database “allowing to consider a cross-check with the georeferenced data resulting from their research work both on public health and biodiversity issues”.

Finally, for the citizensit allows access and awareness of exposure to pesticides, through a clear presentation : “municipalities where pesticide pressure is low (green areas) and conversely where pressure is high (red areas) due to the nature of the crops and the intensity of agricultural practices”.

The advantage of such a card is therefore its accessibility. Because if the data exists, obtaining and cross-checking them is not necessarily easy. To determine the values ​​reported in this map, the calculation method is based on the communal phytosanitary treatment frequency index (IFT), which “provides information on the average level of pesticide use in agriculture at the scale of a common and can be broken down by type of product: herbicides, excluding herbicides and biocontrol products”, specifies the association.

Major geographical disparities

Logically, the map points to very significant disparities depending on the areas of the country. Mountainous areas, where livestock farming is more important, with large grassy areas for ruminants which are generally not treated, therefore have very low rates compared to areas where agriculture, especially viticulture, is very represented.

On the scale of region of Occitania, we thus notice very marked disparities between areas like Lozère, where a common as Florac displays an IFT of 0.15 and Frontignan in the Hérault for examplewhere the cultivation of vines is widespread and organic farming little developed (3%), where the total IFT climbs to 10.5.

In Bordeaux, the index explodes in certain municipalities, this is the case in Pauillac for example, where the IFT is 14.27. “Faced with environmental and public health issues, it is necessary to build a sustainable agriculture that saves inputs and respects natural resources and to provide the French with quality food to reduce the prevalence of chronic diseases”, says Solagro.

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