Glyphosate: ANSES publishes the results of its comparative assessment with available non-chemical alternatives

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As part of the glyphosate phase-out plan initiated by the government, ANSES launched an evaluation of non-chemical alternatives to this herbicide, the results of which were made public on October 9, 2020. The use of the substance is now restricted to situations where glyphosate is not substitutable in the short term. These restrictions are now taken into account by the Agency when issuing marketing authorizations for glyphosate-based products.  

ANSES launched in November 2018 an assessment of non-chemical alternatives to glyphosate . The objective was to determine the uses for which this substance can be substituted by non-chemical alternatives and to identify deadlock situations where no suitable alternative is currently available. The assessment is based on article 50.2 of European regulation EC 1107/2009 relating to the placing of plant protection products on the market, which specifies that it is possible to carry out a comparative assessment of a plant protection product '  s' there is a non-chemical method of prevention or control for the same use and if it is in common use in that Member State."

The evaluation focused on four main areas of use: viticulture , fruit trees , field crops and forestry . ANSES has identified the practical or economic drawbacks of alternatives to glyphosate. It was based on three reports produced by INRAE. For the forest, the Agency used information provided by the ONF and the National Center for Forest Property.

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