France’s Ministry of the Environment has asked garden centers to take “Roundup” out of sales. Millions of farmers and private individuals are spraying the pesticide, although it is considered to be carcinogenic.
France’s Minister of Agriculture Ségolène Royal has announced a ban on the sale of the herbicide "Roundup" in garden centers. France must "go on the offensive if pesticides are stopped," the minister told France 3 on Sunday.
Roundup is the best-selling weed killer in the world and is used by farmers and cities as well as by private individuals. It works with the controversial chemical glyphosate. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a subsidiary of the World Health Organization (WHO), classified the substance as "likely" to be carcinogenic in March. However, the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) had not yet found any evidence in 2014 that glyphosate could be carcinogenic.
Roundup remains allowed in Germany
According to Tageschau.de, there is currently no legal basis for a ban on glyphosate in Germany. The consumer protection ministers in Germany asked the federal government in May to ban plant protection products containing the active ingredient glyphosate. An evaluation process is currently underway by the European Union, which must be awaited.
After a call by the Greens in the Bundestag, however, some companies have declared that they will voluntarily refrain from selling glyphosate products, including the DIY chain “toom”.
Utopia thinks: Roundup’s proposed ban in France is encouraging – but not only because it contains the potentially carcinogenic substance glyphosate. Monsanto’s product is a broad-spectrum herbicide that destroys practically every plant that it comes into contact with – unless it has been genetically modified to survive herbicide use.
Roundup has no business in the garden or on our fields! The full destruction potential of Roundup is only becoming visible, if you think beyond your own gardent.
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