Macron backtracks on glyphosate

President Emmanuel Macron said that France will exempt farmers from a glyphosate ban if there is no credible alternative.

Macron had said in November that glyphosate would be banned in France within three years, rejecting a European Union decision to extend its use for five years.

The announcement of the ban caused an outcry among farmers who rely on it heavily, saying three years was too soon to find an economic and environmentally viable alternative.

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Deputy editor of Agronomist and Arable Farmer as well as responsibility for the Agronomist and Arable Farmer and Farm Business websites. After 17 years milking cows on the family farm John started writing about agriculture in 1998 and has since written for a variety of publications and has developed a wide circle of contacts within the industry. When not working John is a season ticket holder at Stoke City and also of late has become a fitness freak, listing cycling, swimming and walking as his exercises of choice.