The world seems to be catching on to chemical giant Monsanto’s campaign of lies about its deadly weedkiller Roundup. After a United Nations report found the chemical to cause cancer, French Ecology Minister Segolene Royal announced Sunday that the popular weedkiller would be banned from garden centers.
The weedkiller, which is used by amateur gardeners and commercial farmers, is the star product of American biotechnology giant Monsanto.
“France must be on the offensive with regards to the banning of pesticides,” Royal said in the announcement on French television.
“I have asked garden centers to stop putting Monsanto’s Roundup on sale,” though the ban appears to only remove the product from self-service aisles.
Her announcement came after French consumer association CLCV asked French and European officials to stop selling glyphosate-based products.
Glyphosate is the most-produced weedkiller in the world, according to the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).
The agency’s evaluation of glyphosate found evidence that it caused a type of cancer called non-Hodgkin lymphoma, confirming the findings of previous studies in the United States, Sweden and Canada conducted among farm workers since 2001.
U.S. chemical giant Monsanto, infamous for producing another cancer causing chemical, Agent Orange, claims the IARC classification excluded “relevant, scientific data was excluded from review”.
It made similar claims in the 70s and 80s about Agent Orange, which was found to be highly toxic.