Hulot and Travert join forces to create a glyphosate task force

The ministers of Agriculture and the Ecological Transition, Stéphane Travert and Nicolas Hulot, specified on Friday, June 22 the release modalities of the controversial herbicide glyphosate for French agriculture, which will notably be accompanied by an organizational force. temporary piloted by the two ministries. “We are going to commission a ‘task force’ led by the two ministries, with the support of INRA (agricultural research), Acta (technical institutes) and Apca (chambers of agriculture) with an account quarterly report, “said Stéphane Travert during a press briefing in Paris.

“The progress approach must apply everywhere and to all, and even if, depending on the production methods, everyone does not start from the same place, we are now moving in the same direction – and this is not just a formula – with this objective of leaving in three years, “added Nicolas Hulot. Agricultural unions, industrialists, distributors, state services, cooperatives, chambers of agriculture and research and innovation institutes met on neutral ground, at the Hôtel de Cassini, an annex of Matignon, in the presence of parliamentarians, under the aegis of the two ministers.

“A committee in the National Assembly will hear the various actors to see, over time, if we are in a position to meet the objective,” said Nicolas Hulot. The ministers want to have, within three weeks, the first specific commitments to reduce and eliminate the use of glyphosate.

Christiane Lambert, president of the FNSEA, who has a solution contract with around thirty organizations with concrete proposals to reduce all phytosanitary products, indicated that she would invite the four ministries at the end of June – Agriculture, Ecology, Health and Research – “to be signed with [eux] this contract for an indefinite period “.

The ministers also called on companies in the agri-food and mass distribution sectors to engage alongside farmers in the deployment of solutions and in “enhancing the efforts made by farmers” to make products without glyphosate, stressed Nicolas Hulot.

30,000 experimental farms

The reinforcement of support actions is planned within the framework of the program to reduce the use of Ecophyto phytosanitary products. This will be relaunched in July with the objective of reaching 30,000 experimental “Dephy” farms (committing to use much less pesticides), against 3,000 today. It is about disseminating solutions and finding new alternatives to uses for which there would remain dead ends, within five years.

The association Agir pour l’Environnement complained in a press release that it had not been invited to this meeting, wondering: “Should we deduce that when the serious things start, the NGOs are excluded for having committed the crime of having been right too soon? “

The association of producers and sellers of phytosanitary products (UIPP) also judged “incomprehensible that the actors of plant protection, that is to say the companies capable of providing solutions to farmers, are not invited. once again confirms the functioning of the government disconnected from reality “.

The Nature Environment Foundation (FNH), of which Nicolas Hulot was the president, for its part welcomed “the exit of glyphosate orchestrated by the government”, while calling for “a securing of the commitment to three years in the law” Food which will be considered in the Senate next week.

Pascal Canfin, Director General of WWF France, also praised “the method demonstrated by the government today on the issue of glyphosate, by initiating a short sequence to engage all stakeholders on a credible action plan to exit the glyphosate in three years. We now have three weeks to create an ambitious agenda and empower ourselves to achieve that goal. “

(with AFP)