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Organic Farmer Taken to Court for Refusing to Spray Pesticides | EcoWatch via @ecowatch

Organic Farmer Taken to Court for Refusing to Spray Pesticides | EcoWatch via @ecowatch

The French agriculture ministry is prosecuting Emmanuel Giboulot, an organic winemaker, for failing to apply insecticide to his vines. The ministry wants insecticide to be sprayed to control the leafhopper Scaphoideus titanus —believed to be responsible for the spread of the grapevine disease—but Giboulot believes the pesticide is ineffective and damaging to pollinating insects such as bees , and insists the disease can be fought via more natural means. Emmanuel Giboulot argues that the pesticide he is charged with refusing to spray is harmful to beneficial pollinating insects and animals, and may not even be effective at preventing the vine disease. Emmanuel Giboulot appeared before a judge in the city of Dijon on Monday after defying an official order to treat his vineyard against an insect suspected of transmitting a devastating plant disease, and risks six months in ja...

Full article: http://ecowatch.com/2014/02/27/organic-farmer-refusing-sp...

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