France May Ban Glyphosate
The herbicide glyphosate, which has been labeled a “probable human carcinogen” by the World Health Organization, has been linked to the development of cancer in many people who have been exposed. The government of France recently announced that it is considering banning the herbicide, which is the active ingredient in Roundup weed killer.
Edouard Philippe, the Prime Minister of France, said that his country would vote against a proposal to grant a 10-year extension to glyphosate’s license in Europe. The proposal is under consideration by the European Commission, with a vote expected in November.
Philippe said the reason is that there continues to be uncertainty regarding the safety of the herbicide. He also said that his government wants the country’s environment and farm ministries to develop a plan to move away from glyphosate.
Previously, a government spokesperson said that a full glyphosate ban could be put into effect in France by 2022.
Not Only Dangerous to Weeds
Millions of tons of Roundup have been used in the United States since Monsanto first introduced the product in 1974. There is a growing amount of evidence, however, that people who have been exposed to Roundup have a higher risk of being diagnosed with a form of cancer known as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Plaintiffs across the country are suing Monsanto, claiming the company knew about the dangers of glyphosate yet put profits ahead of the health of the general public. The company claims that glyphosate is harmless.