This is part of the book “Stéphane Foucart et les néonicotinoïdes. The World and disinformation 1“, where I present the reasoning developed by the journalist in the corpus. What is said in this chapter is my view on what the journalist writes. All quotes are translated (by me), except the ones marked between [ ] in the french version (french quotes are to numerous to be marked in this one).

The first branch of the argument is divided into four axes:

  1. The number and diversity of pollinating insects is collapsing, putting agriculture at risk. The biodiversity of fish and birds would also decline. (1.I.1. The biodiversity decline)
  2. The use of neonicotinoid pesticides (NNIs) creates lasting pollution that may extend even beyond the boundaries of fields and contaminate large areas. (1.I.2. The danger of long-term contamination)
  3. Numerous studies show the responsibility of NNIs in the decline of biodiversity. (1.I.3. The link between this decline and NNI rise)
  4. The agricultural model that would organize their use would be counterproductive and would only benefit the agrochemical industries. (1.I.4. A counterproductive agricultural model)