FRANCE: ‘ Stop Over-Counter-Sales of #Monsanto Weed Killer – Minster States ‘

#AceNewsReport – FRANCE:June.16: ‘Stop over-the-counter sales of #Monsanto’s weed killer’ – French minister to garden shops

June 14, 2015 20:37

Reuters / Emmanuel Foudrot

French environment and energy minister Segolene Royal has asked garden centers to stop self-service sales of #Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer to fight the harmful effects of pesticide.

“France must be offensive on stopping pesticides,” Segolene Royal told France 3 television on Sunday. “I have asked garden shops to stop over-the-counter sales of #Monsanto’s Roundup.

The US agribusiness giant’s weed killer came back under scrutiny in March, after its main active ingredient, glyphosate, was branded “probably carcinogenic to humans” by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), part of the World Health Organization (WHO).

Earlier this month, the French consumer association CLCV asked authorities to ban glyphosate herbicides, which are used domestically by amateur gardeners in France.

On Thursday Royal and the Minister of Agriculture made a joint statement announcing that phytosanitary products used to control plant diseases would only be available to amateur gardeners “through an intermediary or a certified seller” from January 2018.

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