MPs ignore Macron pledge on glyphosate

French MPs have voted against calls for a law to ban glyphosate weedkiller despite President Macron’s pledge last November to ban its use in France within three years. 

In a move to help farmers the MPs rejected an amendment setting a deadline to end gly­pho­sate use if no alternative was found in three years.

Glyphosate has been said to be carcinogenic and MEPs in the European Parlia­ment last autumn voted to renew its licence for only five years rather than the 15 years wanted by the agro-chemical industry.

The latest vote came as EU countries agreed to ban three neonicotinoid pesticides from 2019 as research showed ...

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