France Will Phase Out Glyphosate Weedkiller By 2022

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By Heather CallaghanEditor

Yesterday the French government announced a 2022 deadline to phase out the use of glyphosate – the active ingredient to herbicides like Monsanto’s Roundup. Roundup is the world’s best-selling herbicide and is used agriculturally, industrially and even on individual lawns everywhere.

While many outlets are reporting an outright French ban on glyphosate, the truth is that the country has “rowed back” on its original intention to ban the herbicide.

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Government spokesman Christophe Castaner had said earlier Monday that France—Europe’s biggest food producer—intended to phase out glyphosate completely by 2022 over fears that it may cause cancer.

But he later reversed his comments, saying that by the end of President Emmanuel Macron’s five-year term “the government is committed to seeing significant progress on all pesticides”.


The European Commission has proposed extending the licence for the use of the chemical for 10 years, which France has said it will vote against and try to block.

France’s biggest farming union, the FNSEA is stalwartly fighting the block, fearing that any type of ban would put big farmers at a competitive disadvantage.

The EU’s chemical agency chimed in to say that it shouldn’t be classified as carcinogenic, but the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer stated that glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic.”

Recently France and even the EU as a whole have made strides when it comes to pesticides:

The French minister of ecology stood firm in front of the 250 farmers who came to defend glyphosate on Friday in the Champs-Élysées. He thinks this herbicide is dangerous. In an interview he gave to Ouest-France, Nicolas Hulot argued for the precautionary principle. Read the interview.

Last year, Europe limited use of glyphosate pending further research, and recently, 1.3 million Europeans signed an online petition calling for a ban on glyphosate.

Image: made by NB, with image by Érico Candido

DISCLAIMER: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

favorite-velva-smallHeather Callaghan is a Health Mentor, writer, speaker and food freedom activist. She is the Editor and co-founder of NaturalBlaze as well as a certified Self-Referencing IITM Practitioner.

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