Even as public opposition to glyphosate grows, some French winemakers denounce ban of Monsanto’s Roundup Pro 360

| | January 24, 2019
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On January 15, 2019, the Administrative Court of Lyon [France] banned [Monsanto’s] “Roundup Pro 360,” a herbicide containing  glyphosate. The court canceled the marketing authorization for this product, saying it should “be considered as a substance whose carcinogenic potential for humans is assumed.”

This product is widely used in the wine industry. In the Loir-et-Cher, for example, winegrowers denounced this quick decision and wondered how they will be able to find a substitute for glyphosate. Those who chose to do without admitted that their production costs are 30% higher than those of their peers, and wondered if the general public is willing to pay more for everything it consumes.

Related article:  Why some Canadian farmers don't want glyphosate-tolerant GMO wheat

[French President] Emmanuel Macron has committed to permanently banning glyphosate in France in 2021. In the meantime, the use of [Roundup Pro 360] is prohibited….and individuals can not buy anymore as of January 1, 2019….

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

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