Viewpoint: France shows its irrationality in embracing nuclear power but rejecting glyphosate safety

France nuclear

[Editor’s note: Cécile Philippe is an economist and Director-General of the Molinari Economic Institute.]

In France, a glyphosate ban for personal usage is planned from 1 January 2019 and the government may decide to ban it for all uses.

Like nuclear, is it possible and above all reasonable to remove glyphosate in such a short period of time?

ADVERTISEMENT

[Environment Minister] Nicolas Hulot announced at the beginning of November that the objective of reducing the share of nuclear energy to 50% of electricity production would be postponed.

Undoubtedly, taking on the role of Minister forced Nicolas Hulot to take into account broader considerations.

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Considerations like the absence of substitutes in the short term, the continued innovation and advancements in nuclear safety, and the impossibility of finding the perfect energy source.

Related article:  Before restricting Roundup weedkiller, EU lawmakers want to know how it could affect farmers

It seems sensible to me that he adopts this same principle of realism when it comes to glyphosate. Because the questions that arise for glyphosate are the same as those that arise for nuclear, or for any other complex technology:

What advantages does the product in question provide and at what price? Can we do without it? Are there substitutes? Do they offer superior comparative advantages?

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Read full, original post: Glyphosate or nuclear: What to do beyond scaring

Outbreak Daily Digest
Biotech Facts & Fallacies
Genetics Unzipped
Infographic: Deaths from COVID-19 are far higher than reported estimates

Infographic: Deaths from COVID-19 are far higher than reported estimates

More than 2.8 million people have lost their lives due to the pandemic, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis ...
seralinistud

Gilles-Éric Séralini: Activist professor and face of anti-GMO industry

The French biologist and his research team--funded by the Rodale ...
vandana shiva

Vandana Shiva: ‘Rock Star’ of GMO protest movement has anti-science history

In a 2012 interview, Bill Moyers referred to Vandana Shiva as ...
News on human & agricultural genetics and biotechnology delivered to your inbox.
glp menu logo outlined

Newsletter Subscription

Optional. Mail on special occasions.
Send this to a friend