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France to ban Louisiana-made weed killer within 3 years

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French President Emmanuel Macron announced earlier this week he's working toward a ban on glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide most commonly purchased as Roundup.

Macron stated that he's instructed the French government to find alternatives to glyphosate within three years:

Macron made the announcement after the EU approved a 5-year extension on glyphosate. France had pushed to limit the extension to three years.

Concerns have arisen globally since the World Health Organization said glyphosate is "probably carcinogenic to humans."  California has added glyphosate to its list of cancer-causing chemicals.

Monsanto manufactures glyphosate at a St. Charles Parish plant in Luling, where it employs around 665 people, The Advocate has reported. Roundup is used individually as well as commercially by farmers who use the weed-killer on genetically modified, "Roundup Ready" seeds altered to withstand the herbicide's application.

An ongoing, $975 million expansion to the Luling plant is expected to add about 100 more full-time employees and 20 contractors to the facility, which will produce dicamba.

Dicamba is the active ingredient in the product Monsanto's branded as "XtendiMax with VaporGrip Technology." Monsanto has genetically engineered soybean and cotton plants to withstand the chemical's application for the stronger weed control product. But complaints have risen around the country of the chemical drifting and damaging neighboring crops, causing Arkansas to ban the product.

Monsanto has sued Arkansas over the ban.

Other companies, including BASF and DuPont, also manufacture glyphosate, although Monsanto was first to patent and sell the product in the 1970s.

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