Glyphosate: Amélie de Montchalin “assumes” to have voted against an amendment seeking to ban this pesticide – 24/05/2022 at 10:14


Amélie de Montchalin, Minister of Ecological Transition and Territorial Cohesion (AFP / JULIEN DE ROSA)

“We can’t do it alone, otherwise it’s our economy, it’s our farmers, who we leave in the mess,” Amélie de Montchalin, Minister of Ecological Transition and Territorial Cohesion, justified over the antenna


France Inter


this Tuesday, May 24.

Amélie de Montchalin, former Minister of Transformation and Public Service,

is now Minister of Ecological Transition

and Territorial Cohesion. A choice that has not left indifferent NGOs and ecological associations, who have not forgotten that she voted almost five years ago,

against an amendment seeking to ban glyphosate classified as a “probably carcinogenic”

by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in 2021.

She defended herself on Tuesday 24 May on the antenna of France Inter. “I have no regrets about one thing: I remembered that this topic was European. Remember that at the time France fought for the authorization of glyphosate for up to five years – it will happen in 2023 – instead of ten years. Yes, as a Member of Parliament,

I had made a completely assumed choice

: we can’t do it alone in any area, otherwise it’s our economy, these are

our farmers, whom we leave in trouble”,

she justified.

“For years we have imposed standards on our farmers that were not imposed elsewhere. The result:

we imported products that did not meet the standards,

the French were consuming things that contained products that may not have been allowed in France,” explains Amélie de Montchalin.

“About glyphosate, I assume.

This is exactly the method we want to promote: we act as Europeans, we act to leave no one without a solution. Yes, we do research, we look for alternatives, we make investments. The France 2030 plan, there is

investments in billions

so that we have new techniques, practices, solutions, so that

we can get rid of pesticides and the like”,

the Minister for the Ecological Transition continued.

Crucial glyphosate study postponed

In mid-May, a pivotal study into the effects of glyphosate was postponed to July 2023. Indeed, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced in a joint press release that they were reviewing the timing of the remaining steps in the re-evaluation process” for glyphosate, due to the

received “unprecedented number of sightings”

by the two regulatory authorities, in particular by experts from the Member States.

In order to “take into account” these hundreds of contributions, the two agencies present EFSA’s conclusions on

“all possible risks”

exposure to glyphosate for animals, humans and the environment”, a report initially expected in the “second half of 2022”.

This review is

essential

to the European Commission to decide whether or not to renew the authorization granted to the herbicide in the EU. The current permit, renewed in 2017 for five years,

expires on December 15, 2022,

but it is automatically extended until the end of the assessment process unless a certain risk is identified in the meantime.

France has set itself the goal:

get out the essential uses of this weed killer,

for a total ban in 2023. Agricultural organizations oppose this and point to the lack of an alternative product.

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