Pesticide Action Week

It’s back-to-school time for SPAP 2024!

It’s back-to-school time for the 19th edition of the Week for Alternatives to Pesticides (SPAP)! This week will take place from March 20 to 30, 2024, with the following objectives:

  • To inform and raise public awareness of the health and environmental risks associated with the use of pesticides.
  • Promote viable alternatives to synthetic chemical treatments in all current sectors of use (agriculture, roads, green spaces, textiles, etc.).
  • To mobilize and unite an ever-expanding network of committed players (citizens, civil society organizations, elected representatives, etc.).

Today, SPAP brings together thousands of events organized by hundreds of organizers, in France and abroad, including citizens, elected representatives, and civil society organizations through conferences, workshops, screenings, and other events of your choice, these 10 days raise awareness of the harmful effects of synthetic pesticides and promote existing alternatives.


Lately, the government – under pressure from the agrochemical lobbies – has been saying: « No ban on pesticide substances without an alternative solution ». Beyond the fact that, if a pesticide is dangerous to health or the environment, it must be banned, regardless of alternative solutions, the reality is that alternatives to the widespread use of synthetic pesticides exist and are widely deployed across the country. Let’s promote them massively among elected officials, and relay them to the general public!

What’s more, at a time when « food sustainability » initiatives are flourishing, presenting themselves as alternatives to the use of synthetic pesticides (certification labels, private labels, etc.), SPAP will be actively mobilized to distinguish truly virtuous initiatives from a health, environmental and social point of view, from false alternatives. SPAP 2024 is targeting « high environmental value » (HVE) certification, whose promise of environmental excellence – underpinned by its name – does not correspond to the reality of its specifications. To find out more about this issue, take a look at Générations Futures’ latest report « HVE: how does it differ from organic farming?« 

Join the movement for alternatives to pesticides, join SPAP!

Civil society organizations become SPAP partners. Contact Marie as soon as possible to join the campaign at this e-mail address:

Citizens, amateur or professional gardeners, farmers, elected representatives, and other organizations, become SPAP organizers by proposing your event to raise awareness of alternatives to pesticides. Click here.

Do you garden or grow without pesticides? Are you an organic consumer? Are you interested in sustainable agriculture and food? Are these issues at the heart of your expertise, or are you simply highly motivated by them? Get involved with us, because you’ll be the best ambassadors for alternatives to pesticides!

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