A farmer spreads plant based pesticides on a field of patatoes
28 November 2017

Glyphosate: its use is to be phased out in France in the next three years

During an Appeal Committee meeting, the Member States of the European Union (EU) have agreed to renew approval of glyphosate for another five years. This decision will not prevent the phasing-out of the use of this pesticide in France within the next three years.

The European Commission had proposed re-authorising glyphosate in the EU for a five-year period.  France voted against this proposal alongside other Member States.
But the Commission's proposal secured the backing of a qualified majority of EU Member States during the voting process, and the Commission can now adopt its decision as stipulated in the European regulations. France is disappointed with this result.
But thanks to its determination, alongside other Member States, the renewal period initially proposed has been reduced drastically (from ten to five years). Alongside other Member States, France fully intends to keep the pressure on at European level to urge the Commission to conduct further studies on the dangers of the product and on alternatives for farmers, as requested by the European Parliament. France is also in favour of the restrictions on pre-harvest use proposed by the Parliament, at European level.
Lastly, France calls on the Commission to waste no time in coming up with proposals, as it pledged to do so, on reforming the European framework for assessing chemical substances, with a view to enhancing its transparency and independence.
France underscores the fact that every effort must be taken to ensure that farmers have credible alternatives at their disposal by the end of the approved renewal period.
France will continue to work with the Commission and its European partners on meeting its aim of achieving significant headway, by the end of the five-year Presidential term, in the drive to develop farming methods that are less dependent on pesticides. At national level, the Ministry of Agriculture and Food and the Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition are expected to submit proposals along these lines to the Prime Minister in early December, with account taken of the recommendations made during the workshops of the "États généraux de l'alimentation" (Food Convention).
Precedence must be given to the search for alternatives so as to be able to phase out glyphosate as soon as possible, and this is why the National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) has also been brought on board regarding the research that is currently ongoing or will need carrying out.

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