France will help farmers ditch glyphosate

18 Dec 2020

The French Ministry of Agriculture announces that it will provide financial assistance to farmers who agree to stop the use of glyphosate.

What is glyphosate? Glyphosate is a herbicide that has been classified by the WHO as “probably carcinogenic to humans.”
It was first developed by Bayer’s Monsanto under the brand name Roundup, and since it appeared, has generated a intense global debate on its safety since in 2015 the OMS concluded that it could cause cancer.
Bayer agreed in June 2020 to settle nearly 100,000 lawsuits in the United States worth $ 10.9 billion, denying claims that Roundup caused cancer.
France takes a step to phase out glyphosate
France will grant a temporary credit of 2,500 euros to farmers who declare between 2021 and 2022 that they have stopped using glyphosate in the sectors most affected by a halt in the use of the herbicide, such as wine, gardens and cereal crops, it was said from the Ministry.
“The challenge is to implement mechanisms to offset the cost to farmers of eliminating glyphosate from their practices. Today, a farmer who invests to eliminate this herbicide does not benefit from the immediate value creation, ”the Ministry said in a statement.
Stopping the use of glyphosate on a cereal farm leads to a loss in gross operating profit of up to 16%, which equates to an additional cost of up to € 80 per hectare, or up to € 7,000 for an average 87 hectare farm said the minister.
Macron accepts failure
Last week, Macron told the digital medium “Brut” that he had not changed his mind about the goal of ending the use of glyphosate, but acknowledged that he had not been successful in doing so in three years, when in 2017 he promised, and He described it as a collective failure.
The French health and environment agency ANSES announced restrictions on glyphosate in agriculture in October but fell short of a total ban due to a lack of non-chemical alternatives in some areas. Now it seems that this herbicide is going to lose its presence in French agricultural practices.

Source: Bio Eco Actual