French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has announced that France will phase out glyphosate, the main active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller, over the next 5 years until the herbicide is banned outright in 2022.
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What’s the Problem?
October 6, 2017 – In response to worries from French farmers about an outright ban on glyphosate, Philippe proposed a gradual drawdown over the next 5 years, according to Organic Authority.
The majority of French farmers have reacted in favor of the proposal, with Christiane Lambert, head of France’s largest farm union, FNSEA, saying it meant the government was “starting to understand that a full ban would be impossible to apply in France.”
France’s Ministry of Environment announced in September that the county would be voting against renewal of the chemical’s license in the EU.
Last week, about 300 French farmers took to the Champs-Elysées in protest of an outright on glyphosate. FNSEA argued that seeing as there is no current alternative to the herbicide, an across-the-board ban placed French farmers at a severe disadvantage in the EU and across the globe.
The European Commission has proposed extending the licence for glyphosate for a decade, which France has said it will vote against and try to block. FNSEA is fighting the block, fearing that any type of ban would put farmers at a competitive disadvantage.
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