France announced its decision to oppose the five-year renewal of authorisation for Glyphosate, a controversial weedkiller, after the European Commission tabled its proposal on November 8 following the weekly College meeting of the Commissioners in Brussels.
“France’s position is three years,” Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot told reporters on November 8 after the College of the Commissioners met to discuss the way forward. The meeting followed the rejection of a 10-year renewal proposal by the EU-28 member states during a Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (SCoPAFF) on October 25.
Hulot told reporters France supports a three-year renewal of the authorisation, which expires on December 15. He said France is “aiming for an end” go Glyphosate’s use.
At the same time, the French minister expressed his sympathy for farmers who are “overwhelmed by all the constraints imposed on them,” as many of them continue to support that not prolonging the use of Monsanto’s herbicide will have a great impact on prices, resulting to the push-up of food prices.
According to the British Crop Protection Association, banning Glyphosate without a phase-out period that the European Commission is proposing, wheat production would fall by 20%.
France’s “non” to the proposed five-year period, left the November 9 Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed meeting without any hope, if Paris decides not to approve the Berlaymont’s latest proposal.