Pesticides: a creeping evil? Back to the list
Directors: Aude Rouaux
Coproducers: France Télévisions
Country of Production: France
Designed to kill insects or weeds, these products are sold as herbicides, fungicides or insecticides. France uses lots of them. France is even the European champion. Every year, more than 60,000 tonnes are spread over our fields. And despite the polemic, our use of pesticides is constantly increasing.
After nearly 60 years of use in Europe we knew that pesticides were harmful to the environment and to health. They are said to cause a number of cancers. Among the victims are many farmers, but not exclusively. These chemical substances, present in our water, the air and even in our food, have invaded our daily lives. Exposure begins right from the fetus stage of life.
Today, families of victims, farmers and also doctors are accusing the State of having underplayed the risks relating to the toxicity of certain products. An investigation into one more health scandal.