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For the saviours of the planet, glyphosate is another representation of the devil. For our columnist, a man of nuance, there is something else to say. He says so.

By dint of being so emblematical, some subjects become so caricatured that they make any debate impossible. Glyphosate is one of them. But when we talk about glyphosate, what are we really talking about? The product itself or the opposition between (so-called) conventional and organic agriculture? Perhaps synthetic pesticides? Or even all pesticides? Possibly the evil power of lobbies? Yes, it seems that glyphosate – the active ingredient in Roundup, but also in other commercial formulations that are less publicised and therefore less decried – is above all a textbook case. Before being a symbol, it is a herbicide.

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