Thousands gather in France, worldwide for annual march against Monsanto

Thousands of protesters gathered across France and in over 30 cities around the world to march against the activities of Bayer-Monsanto and others agrochemical giants on Saturday, while Monsanto lost its third lawsuit in the US. [ . . . ]

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The SOS Barthelasse collective still hopes to prevent the felling of thousands of trees in Avignon

The members of the SOS Barthelasse collective have again mobilized this Saturday in Avignon. An appointment that was answered by about sixty people. This collective manifests against the project of restoration of the dike on the island of Barthelasse. Poplars, oaks, birches

Thousands of trees must be cut for seven kilometers . 

After a walk organized on the island, activists took stock of their actions. They were received the day before by representatives of the Grand Avignon, carriers of the project. 

For Benoît Massoteau, this is a small victory : “We now have access to all the pages of the file and we will be able to come back to consult with experts, we are very happy because at first people thought we were illuminated.”

After the speech, a picnic was planned. It was also possible to sign the petition launched by SOS Barthelasse, which Jacqueline, a resident of Pugaut, hastened to do: “For my children and my grandchildren, I love nature and it would be terrible to lose as much trees … “

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Beyond glyphosate: French vineyards shift away from controversial weedkiller

France’s wine industry can become “the first in the world without glyphosate”, President Emmanuel Macron said Saturday at the Paris Agriculture Fair. But is foregoing the controversial herbicide possible? FRANCE 24 spoke with vintners.

At France’s largest, if temporary, farm – the country’s annual agricultural fair, held at Porte de Versailles exhibition grounds on the southern rim of Paris – it was barely 10am on Monday and Xavier Martin was already enjoying a glass of red wine.

At a stand showcasing his wine from Irouléguy in the Basque country, the 58-year-old had just polished off a fried egg and a slice of grilled bacon. “Wine, I was born in it,” the fifth-generation winegrower says. A salon jury had just rewarded his 2017 Mignaberry rosé with a gold medal.

Martin, who gave up on synthetic herbicides 20 years ago, feels strongly about glyphosate. “We must keep our soils clean, just as we received them from our ancestors, to pass them on to our children,” the bearded vintner says.

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