Data published by the ministry of agriculture on Tuesday show that pesticides sold for agricultural use rebounded last year after a 3% drop between 2016 and 2017.
French officials attributed the increase to climatic conditions and stockpiling ahead of a pollution tax introduced at the beginning of 2019. It also noted that, over the same period, the sale of pesticides of higher concern decreased by 15% and the number of organic farms has grown by 13%.
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