Monsanto says it was “surprised” by French environment minister Ségolène Royal’s comments made over the weekend about the sale of its Roundup lawn and garden products.
Royal proposed restricting the pesticide to behind-the-counter sales — a system that already exists in several other European countries including Germany. She proposed this in the context of a law that would apply to all pesticides sold in the country, not just Roundup.
However, Monsanto says it was “surprised by Ms. Royal’s decision to single out Monsanto’s Roundup-brand weed killer by name, since it is just one 180 different glyphosate-based weed killers sold to gardeners and farmers in France and other countries.”
Monsanto says it and other producers of glyphosate-branded products continue to work with regulatory authorities to ensure the decennial renewal for glyphosate in the European Union. Glyphosate was last renewed for sale within the EU in 2002.
“Monsanto is confident in the quality of the products that we offer to gardeners and which have been specifically designed for a safe use by consumers,” said Ralph Dyrnes, commercial lead for Monsanto’s international Lawn & Garden products business. “When used according to the recommendations on the packaging, the product does not pose any specific risks to the user.”
Last week Monsanto along with the other members of Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture pledged to develop the next generation of farm-level sustainability metrics during a roundtable session at the White House.