October 2, 2017 — French officials will vote to gradually phase out the agricultural use of Roundup (glyphosate) over concerns that the weed-killer may cause non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
The European Commission will soon vote on whether to extend the license for glyphosate for another 10 years.
However, citing safety concerns, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced that France will vote against the proposal.
“This is far too long, given the concerns that remain over this product, and France will vote against the proposal, as clearly laid out previously in July.”
The vote is due to take place before the end of this year. The use of glyphosate will be automatically banned in the European Union on January 1, 2018 if license is not extended.
Philippe referenced a gradual phase-out and said the French government will “a plan to move away from glyphosate in light of the current research and available alternatives for farmers” by 2018.
Other officials said the phase-out will likely occur over the next 5 to 7 years, meaning Roundup would be banned in France by 2022.
France has already banned home-garden centers from selling Roundup at the consumer level, but they are now proposing a complete agricultural ban as well. The announcement was met with protests from 250 farmers who blocked the Champs-Elysée. France is currently the largest grain producer in the European Union.
Safety concerns about the cancer risk of Roundup have grown substantially since March 2015, when it was upgraded to a “probable human carcinogen” by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).
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