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French and German farmers want renewal of EU glyphosate license

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French and German farmers jointly called on European governments to renew the license for glyphosate weedkiller, saying there was no evidence it was toxic and banning it would severely harm farming.

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The European Union is due to decide by the end of the year whether to extend the licensing of one of the world’s most widely-used weedkillers.

Glyphosate was initially created by U.S. agricultural company Monsanto which sells it under the brand name Roundup. A vote is planned early next month.

Consumers are concerned about potential health risks after the World Health Organization’s (WHO) cancer agency, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic” in 2015.

“We need to be able to continue to use some crop protection products, not because of some kind of stupid addiction like some say, but because the alternative means are not there,” French oilseed growers group FOP Arnaud Rousseau said on Thursday.


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