French winegrowers challenge proposed ‘unfair, unenforceable’ glyphosate weedkiller restrictions

dc eb a ca d b e c f d f ae ad bba dcd ceda

Distributors and winegrowers are standing up against the changes to the ban on glyphosate proposed by ANSES. They find them unfair and unenforceable.

On July 23, the National Assembly’s fact-finding mission on monitoring the glyphosate exit strategy interviewed Roger Genet, the director general of ANSES (National Agency for Food Safety, environment and work). [Genet said]:

“Stony ground, steeply sloping ground, and the destruction of perennial weeds. In these three cases, a ban on the use of glyphosate between the rows and a limitation to 80% of the approved dose below the row is envisaged.”

For Jean-Louis Cousinié, technical manager of Touchat (34), reserving the possibility of using glyphosate to winegrowers who work on steep slopes or on stony ground is unfair.

A better solution, he said, would be to allow everyone to use the herbicide, without having to justify it. “We could imagine a fairly restrictive quota, setting the bar around 360g / ha / year. Everyone would use it as they wish.”

Related article:  Farmer: Why I choose to grow genetically engineered crops

Eric Meynaud has made his calculations. “On my farm, I would need at least two tractors and tractor drivers, and three additional tools. Stopping glyphosate costs a minimum of €600 per ha.”

The measures proposed by ANSES could enter into force as early as April. They will only be valid until December 2022, when the fate of glyphosate will be determined at European level. “Europe will renew it” still hopes Eric Meynaud.

[Editor’s note: This article was published in French and has been translated and edited for clarity.]

Read the full, original post

Outbreak
Outbreak Daily Digest
Biotech Facts & Fallacies
Talking Biotech
Genetics Unzipped
ft covidresponseus feature

Video: Viewpoint: The US wrote the global playbook on the coronavirus and then ignored it

A year ago, the United States was regarded as the country best prepared for a pandemic. Our government had spent ...
mag insects image superjumbo v

Disaster interrupted: Which farming system better preserves insect populations: Organic or conventional?

A three-year run of fragmentary Armageddon-like studies had primed the journalism pumps and settled the media framing about the future ...
dead bee desolate city

Are we facing an ‘Insect Apocalypse’ caused by ‘intensive, industrial’ farming and agricultural chemicals? The media say yes; Science says ‘no’

The media call it the “Insect Apocalypse”. In the past three years, the phrase has become an accepted truth of ...
globalmethanebudget globalcarbonproject cropped x

Infographic: Cows cause climate change? Agriculture scientist says ‘belching bovines’ get too much blame

A recent interview by Caroline Stocks, a UK journalist who writes about food, agriculture and the environment, of air quality ...
organic hillside sweet corn x

Organic v conventional using GMOs: Which is the more sustainable farming?

Many consumers spend more for organic food to avoid genetically modified products in part because they believe that “industrial agriculture” ...
benjamin franklin x

Are most GMO safety studies funded by industry?

The assertion that biotech companies do the research and the government just signs off on it is false ...
gmo corn field x

Do GMO Bt (insect-resistant) crops pose a threat to human health or the environment?

Bt is a bacterium found organically in the soil. It is extremely effective in repelling or killing target insects but ...
favicon

Environmental Working Group: EWG challenges safety of GMOs, food pesticide residues

Known by some as the "Environmental Worrying Group," EWG lobbies for tighter GMO legislation and famously puts out annual "dirty dozen" list of fruits and ...
m hansen

Michael Hansen: Architect of Consumers Union ongoing anti-GMO campaign

Michael K. Hansen (born 1956) is thought by critics to be the prime mover behind the ongoing campaign against agricultural biotechnology at Consumer Reports. He is an ...
News on human & agricultural genetics and biotechnology delivered to your inbox.
Optional. Mail on special occasions.
Send this to a friend