Resignation of French environmental minister could be a win for glyphosate supporters

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The surprise announcement of the resignation of Nicolas Hulot …. is part of …. a series of …. big differences that have put the minister of the [environment] in a difficult or even untenable position.

It is undoubtedly on the record of glyphosate that the failure of the ecologist seems to have been the most scathing, probably determining criterion of his departure.

…. The recent judgement against Monsanto in the case [of] gardener Dewayne Johnson has re-energized the effort to ban the company’s flagship product, Roundup. But Nicolas Hulot has been unable to pull the herbicide off the market.

On this point, the [industry] lobby seems to have by far dictated the ecological choices of the government and tipped the scales in favor of the Minister of Agriculture, Stéphane Travert [who opposes the ban].

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Faced with the political and economic weight of these actors, Hulot was backed into a corner. His departure …. very clearly inscribes the ecological policy of the French government. In short, make our planet great again, but our Economy first.

Editor’s note: This article was originally published in French. This English summary was prepared with Google Translate and edited for clarity.

Read full, original article: Nicolas Hulot face au « mur des lobbies »

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