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    Default Macron backs down on pledge to ban glyphosate in France

    Sarah Elzas
    1-25-2019

    French president Emmanuel Macron says that the phasing out of glyphosate-based weed killers in France by 2021, as previously announced, will be impossible, as it would hurt the agricultural industry. Glyphosate is a weed killer which the World Health Organisation has classified as “probably” carcinogenic in humans. But farmers say there is no good alternative.

    In November 2017 President Macron rejected a European Commission decision to reapprove the use of glyphosate for five years. He pledged to ban the product within three years.
    Speaking yesterday during a public debate in south-eastern France, Macron said that if he went ahead with that promise he “would be completely killing some sectors”.

    Keep reading: http://en.rfi.fr/environment/2019012...phosate-france
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    Default Re: Macron backs down on pledge to ban glyphosate in France

    And how do you suppose farmers controlled weeds throughout the millennia, up to 1974 when RoundUp first became available? They were cultivated. With a cultivator. That might have meant human hands, or someone with a hoe. It could have meant a simple wheeled machine that disturbed the roots of weeds. It could have been a device drawn by a mule, ox, horse or tractor. I have seen it done efficiently with a horse in the states and with an ox in Cuba. These are the traditional methods that have served us well through history. They are all still effective, and best of all, most of them use no fossil fuel.
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    Default Re: Macron backs down on pledge to ban glyphosate in France

    Good news update: The wine industry is moving to produce glyphosate free wine immediately, but NLT than 2021. But, major wineries are moving quickly to market glyphosate-free wine, and obtain certification that their wines are glyphosate free. "The Detox Project," is the worldwide organization responsible for the green colored certification label that states the wine is "Glyphosate Residue Free." This certification has created such competition for glyphosate-free wines that more and more wineries are being compelled to move quickly or lose market share.
    Read more about "The Detox Project" and its glyphosate residue free certification process here:
    https://detoxproject.org/certification/

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    Default Re: Macron backs down on pledge to ban glyphosate in France

    Very interesting, Mr. Wiz. I have read that glyphosate is found even in organic wines. I make all my own wines and would like to assume that they are free of glyphosate, but since it is carried by the rain, I suppose complete freedom from it is simply impossible.
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    Default Re: Macron backs down on pledge to ban glyphosate in France

    Agree, complete elimination of glyphosate is probably impossible. But, the "Glyphosate Residue Free" certification is advertised as being even more restrictive than the 5% standard used for the Organic USDA wines. While all the hype over this certification seems to center on wines for now, I see a broader application across the food industry, where the Organic USDA & the Glyphosate Residue Free certifications become complementary. In countries, unlike France, where there is no ban, I can see a growing consumer demand to know how much glyphosate is in certain foods. This "Glyphosate Residue Free" certification could become compelling.

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    Default Re: Macron backs down on pledge to ban glyphosate in France

    I do surely hope so. It's a step in the right direction, considering the usual glacial progress in food safety.
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