Hoe 23 kinderen ziek werden van de bestrijdingsmiddelen waar hun dorp afhankelijk van is

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In het Franse Villeneuve moesten 23 schoolkinderen naar het ziekenhuis nadat chemische bestrijdingsmiddelen op een nabijgelegen wijngaard waren gebruikt. Het leidde tot grote zorg in het dorp. De overheid wil geen bestrijdingsmiddelen in de buurt van scholen meer laten gebruiken. Maar dat gaat weer ten koste van de lokale economie, de identiteit en het prestige van de regio. Wat te doen?

This village counts 402 residents and 250 hectares (618 acres) of vineyards. Arriving an hour’s drive north from the city of Bordeaux, a visitor to Villeneuve sees vines virtually everywhere, including right up to the edge of residential neighborhoods, the town hall and a small white primary school tucked inside the green valley.

This is where 23 students, ages 8 to 10, along with their teachers, were taken to the hospital on May 5 after a fungicide was sprayed on nearby vines. Since then, the quaint village has been filled with a mix of anger and worry over the presence of pesticides. It is a sensitive topic indeed, since the wine produced from these vineyards is the core of the local economy. Both the prestige and very identity of the region are on the line.

The government head of the Gironde department issued an executive order June 23 to ban the growing use of pesticides within 50 meters of all schools at the times students exit and enter. In this area, there are an estimated 164 schools within this distance to vineyards and other agricultural fields.

Read the full article: In Bordeaux, French Wine Business vs. Safe Schools
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