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Agriculture minister Stephene La Foll, a Socialist, has opposed the ban on behalf of French farmers.
France has also passed a permanent ban on neonics, the bee and bird killing toxin (widely use in the U.S. on vineyards) that will take effect in 2018.
In large measure, support for the ban shifted after a French television station aired a documentary showing the impact that vineyard chemicals were having on workers and children. (See the earlier post on this topic here.) Here is the documentary:
According to Politico's coverage, other European countries are passing stronger laws governing farmers' use of chemicals - Germany and the Czech Republic are passing new legislation to place stricter controls on these pesticides, herbicides and fungicides.
Meanwhile in California, Monsanto has held up EPA regulations to label Roundup as a carcinogen by filing a lawsuit against the EPA.
In April, San Francisco, ABC television station, Channel 7, covered the story of glyphosate in two news segments. Here's the first one:
The second can be seen here.
Best bits: the interviews in each segment with Dr. Michael Antoniou from University College in London.
What would happen in the U.S. if 60 Minutes took up the subject?