Following the UN’s announcement that the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup glyphosate was “carcinogenic to humans”, the herbicide has now been banned in France.
The week-killer will no longer be available in garden centres in France, following French Ecology Minister Segolene Royal’s announcement on national television, “I have asked garden centres to stop putting Monsanto’s Roundup on sale“.
Her announcement comes after French consumer association CLCV asked French and European officials to stop selling glyphosate-based products to amateur gardeners.
Glyphosate—introduced in the 1970s under the brand Roundup but now manufactured generically—is the most-produced weedkiller in the world, according to the IARC.
The agency’s evaluation of glyphosate saw “limited evidence” of a type of cancer called non-Hodgkin lymphoma, as seen in studies in the United States, Sweden and Canada conducted among farm workers since 2001.
The US agribusiness giant Monsanto strongly contested the IARC classification, saying “relevant, scientific data was excluded from review”.
Royal also announced last week that from January 2018 phytosanitary products—used to control plant diseases—would only be available to amateur gardeners “through an intermediary or a certified vendor”.