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Macron targets 80% ban on glyphosate

Published:  27 February, 2019

French President Emmanuel Macron has restated his belief that French vineyards can stop using glyphosate-based weedkillers, though he has accepted he will fall short of his original aim to ban the controversial product altogether.

"I think we can have the first vineyards in the world without glyphosate, already the transition is going to happen in 80% of cases," Macron told the Paris International Agricultural Show last weekend.

Macron had vowed to eradicate the use of glyphosate-based weed killers in France by 2021 but has since re-evaluated that target after farmers claimed they had no economically viable or environmentally friendly alternative, and a complete ban would damage their businesses.

Glyphosate was developed by Monsanto under the ‘Roundup’ brand, which is the most widely used weedkiller in the world, but it was deemed "probably carcinogenic” by the World Health Organisation in 2015.