Puglia Mandates Pesticides In Fight Against Xylella, Sparking Protests
Puglia’s regional government recently issued the call for commercial olive growers to apply pesticides two times between May and August to kill the meadow spittlebug adults. The insecticides contain acetamiprid or deltametrina. Organic farms are being allowed to use other products, according to the mandate. But organic farmers and environmentalists are outraged at the new mandate, which is viewed as yet another misguided policy in how to deal with the spread of Xylella, a fatal bacterium for olive trees native to Central America.