NL: Bulb farm must stop using pesticides, court rules

The court in Assen has ordered a lily bulb grower in the Drents-Friese Wolde Leggelderveld area to stop using pesticides because they may be damaging local residents’ health. According to the court, locals’ health outweighs the interests of the flower grower’s profit in this case.

Several local residents and businesses sued the lily bulb grower over the pesticides it uses to protect its plants. They referred to American research showing a likely link between pesticides and neurological diseases like Parkison’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and ALS.

The flower farm argued that it would suffer 1.2 million euros in losses if it stopped spraying pesticides on its crops. The business also pointed to the measures it took to prevent harmful pesticides from spreading beyond its crops, including using 75 percent biocides and having dedicated zones where no pesticides are used.


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