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Latest update : 2018-04-20

Can France bid 'adieu' to popular weedkiller glyphosate?

France is Europe's top agricultural producer and also its top consumer of glyphosate, the most widely used herbicide in history. Each year, nearly 8,000 tons of it are used in French fields and vineyards. The chemical is cheap and effective but critics, including the World Health Organization, have sounded the alarm over its dangers.

The EU recently - and controversially - extended glyphosate's licence in Europe for five years. France was opposed to that decision, and says it wants to ban it in the next three years. But can French farmers kick their addiction to the chemical? Down to Earth went to the fields to find out.

By Florence VILLEMINOT , Marina BERTSCH , Sonia BARITELLO , Jean BARRERE , Guillaume BRUNET

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2018-04-17 agriculture

Can France bid 'adieu' to popular weedkiller glyphosate?

France is Europe's top agricultural producer and also its top consumer of glyphosate, the most widely used herbicide in history. Each year, nearly 8,000 tons of it are used in...

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2018-04-03 climate change

Can the courtroom save the planet?

The planet may have found its newest and perhaps greatest ally: the law. In the past three years, the number of climate-related lawsuits across the world has tripled. In 2017,...

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2018-03-20 Germany

German villages sacrificed in the name of coal

In Germany, one of Europe’s largest coal mines is gaining ground, destroying dozens of villages in its path. Some 35,000 people have already been relocated and 24 new villages...

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2018-03-08 Recycling

Plastic: Does France have a recycling problem?

When it comes to sorting and recycling plastic waste, France has some catching up to do. Less than 25% of plastic packaging is recycled, while the rest is incinerated or put in...

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