France confirms exit from glyphosate

The French government is “determined” to end the “principle uses” of the herbicide glyphosate by the end of 2020 and all use within five years

The French government is “determined” to end the “principle uses” of the herbicide glyphosate by the end of 2020 and all use within five years despite inevitable difficulties, the new ecology minister François de Rugy has told a parliamentary hearing in Paris.

“Exiting in three years is particularly ambitious,” Rugy said on Thursday. “It is the number one herbicide in agriculture, this is a profound transformation in the means of agricultural production, not a simple substitution with another herbicide,” he said.

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