Phytosanitary treatment of a rose-tree in a garden.
25 September 2017

Glyphosate: rather than a sudden, outright ban, there will be a gradual phasing-out of pesticides posing a risk to health or biodiversity

The European Commission has proposed renewing the approval of glyphosate for ten years. Given the uncertainties that still loom over this pesticide, this timeframe is too long and France will be voting against the proposal, as it already made abundantly clear back in July.
 
In terms of non-agricultural use, there has been a ban on local authorities using glyphosate in public areas in France since 1 January 2017, which will be extended to apply to use by individuals and households as well from January 2019.
 
For other uses, particularly in agriculture, the Prime Minister has asked the Ministry of Agriculture and Food and the Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition for a presentation – by the end of the year and based on the findings of the "États généraux de l'alimentation" (Food Convention) – of the conditions for drawing up a plan for phasing out glyphosate, in light of current research and available alternatives for farmers.
 
The Government will then set out its position, which it will compare with those of the Commission and the other Member States, with a view to laying the necessary groundwork for a reasonable phasing-out of the use of glyphosate.
 
The Government underscores its commitment to making significant headway, by the end of the five-year term, in the bid to ban the use of dangerous substances and to develop farming methods that are less dependent on pesticides.
 

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