After the mayor of a small French village banned the pesticide gysophate from land near homes and businesses in his municipality, the government took him to court—and sparked a movement as 20 other mayors across the western European country joined in barring the pesticide from their towns and cities.
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Daniel Cueff, the mayor of Langouët, a village in France’s northwest with around 600 residents, made the decision to ban the pesticide earlier in the year after the chemical began showing up in high levels in the urine of town residents.
As The New York Times reported:
While French President Emanuel Macron promised in 2017 to ban glyphosate around the country by 2020, he later amended that promise to say it was impossible.
Cueff said he decided to act after seeing that, in his view, the national government wasn’t going to do enough for the people of his village.
“Isn’t the mayor of a village called on to fill in for the state’s deficiencies?” said Cueff.
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