New French Agriculture Minister determined to end use of glyphosate by 2021

Wednesday July 15 2020 by Vitisphere

Julien Denormandie has his sights squarely set on ensuring glyphosate is banned at the start of 2021. His ministry will soon publish the results of an inventory showing progress on purchases of herbicides.Julien Denormandie has his sights squarely set on ensuring glyphosate is banned at the start of 2021. His ministry will soon publish the results of an inventory showing progress on purchases of herbicides. - Photo credit : Assemblée nationale

During government question time on 8 July, France’s new Minister of Agriculture, Julien Denormandie, was questioned by Aisne MP Julien Dive on the thorny issue of banning glyphosate. “When do we end use of glyphosate? Are you proposing any exemptions? What alternatives are you offering for crops in a deadlock situation?” As a preamble to the government’s policy, the minister stressed, “I am answering as an agricultural engineer and my answer will not be dogmatic”. He then confirmed that the government would not change direction. “The President was very clear. He has set time targets, saying that they should be applied with consideration given to substitute products. Support for farmers is essential. We are going to act methodically”.

Denormandie went on to stress that according to the results of an inventory requested by the parliamentary majority, almost a third of farms are already glyphosate-free. “Another third are in the process of phasing out glyphosate. The results will be made public very soon to show progress, including on purchases”, he said, before concluding: “Maintaining targets, transparency and method – these will be my guiding principles”.

 

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