Thursday, April 21, 2016

France bans glyphosate products with harmful co-formulants after yanking Roundup from garden centers


(NaturalNews) France is instituting a ban on glyphosate products that are mixed with certain additives, because of the risk they pose to human health. This news comes just two months after the French ecology minister, Segolene Royal, called for such a ban to be put in place.

The French Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety Agency informed manufacturers that herbicides that combine glyphosate and tallow amine will soon be banned. The body’s deputy director general, Francoise Weber, said that the move came in response to a declaration by the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) that the combination posed bigger risks compared to glyphosate on its own.

Tallow amine is a surfactant that is added to glyphosate-based herbicides to boost their efficacy. It is part of Monsanto’s Roundup, which will be affected by the ban. The company is calling the move “political,” and insists that the chemical is safe despite evidence to the contrary, such as a 2006 study that showed it caused “alterations in respiratory surfaces” in animals.

France banned Roundup sales in garden centers last June because of its link to cancer, and Royal has pushed for an outright ban on herbicides containing glyphosate across the EU.

Back in November, EFSA rejected the claim by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) that glyphosate was a “possible carcinogen,” but conceded that the adverse health effects of herbicides could stem from the inclusion of other co-formulants.

Glyphosate can poison Europe for another seven years

The European Parliament recently backed re-authorizing glyphosate for another seven years, which falls short of the 15 originally requested, but is still quite a long time for thesetoxic substances to be allowed in the environment.

Although they stated that its use should only be limited to professionals, and advised that it not be used in public locations like playgrounds and parks, the move is being met with quite a lot of criticism in the face of the growing scientific body of evidence that proves the chemical to be dangerous.

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