‘I did not succeed’ Macron admits defeat on key issue – fresh blow ahead of election

Nigel Farage says Macron is a ‘ghastly little man’

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Back in 2017, the head of state promised to ban glyphosate – a weedkiller that is being banned in several countries because of its potential link to cancer in humans as well as potentially causing the death of important insects such as bees.

Scientists also warned these glyphosates and other similar products can damage ecosystems by disrupting the natural food chains and plant pollination.

But now, the French President has admitted he “did not succeed” in his presidential election pledge, bringing a damning blow ahead of the 2022 elections.

Mr Macron said: “Some farmers told me that if they were forced to leave it quickly, it would be the end for them because their Spanish or Italian competitors, they could continue to produce.

“We must act on these issues at the European level.

“It does not work if we do it alone.

“I can’t put farmers in a dead end and without a solution.”

Glyphosate is currently approved in the EU until December 15, 2022.

It can be used as an active substance in Plant Protection Products (PPPs), until that date, subject to each PPP being authorised by national authorities following an evaluation of its safety.

Following his failure to uphold his promise, a petition has been launched urging the French President to outlaw the pesticide as France takes over the rotating presidency of the EU.

Launched by several organisations including Greenpeace France and France Nature Environment, the petition says: “President Macron, We, the signatories of this petition, demand that France get rid of glyphosate completely, with a plan to support the people who grow our food, and commit to publicly oppose the re-approving of glyphosate’s European Union pesticide licence.

“The Member States and the European Commission have unfortunately extended the authorisation of glyphosate for 5 years in 2017, until December 15, 2022, despite many scandals (Monsanto papers, lawsuits across the Atlantic, illegal file, etc.).

“France has not kept its commitment to ban glyphosate in 2021.

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“Yet, the decision to ban this substance, a component of the famous Monsanto-Bayer Roundup, the best-selling herbicide in the world, is necessary for public health as well as ethical and environmental reasons.”

They went on to argue how the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified the pesticide as “probably carcinogenic to humans” for humans in 2015.

They continued: “Despite all the efforts made by Monsanto and others to minimize and create doubt about the risks of glyphosate in an attempt to block its ban, it is your responsibility to apply a precautionary approach.

“France must publicly oppose the re-approval of this toxic pesticide in Europe and obtain its ban by 2023.

“We ask you to make this public commitment immediately, as an essential component of the broader objective of an accelerated exit from synthetic pesticides and the transition of Europe’s agriculture and food system.”

The Monsanto Papers is the inside story of Lee Johnson’s landmark lawsuit against the American agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology corporation, Monsanto.

Revelations included confirmation that the company hardly tested the real-world toxicity of its products and it actively pursued studies which showed unwelcomed results.

Britain’s departure from the EU means the potential toxic pesticide can used until December 2025.

Glyphosate is used in a number of ways in agriculture in the UK and globally.

It is the active ingredient in the world’s most-used weed killer, Roundup.

In the UK it is used in stubble fields for weed control before planting and before new crops start to appear.

Additional reporting by Maria Ortega

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