A train désherbeur to apply a little less of glyphosate on the paths

It is a train not like the others which is presented on Tuesday and Wednesday, at Lille, at the Whistle, a salon specializing in the rail. With its artificial i

A train désherbeur to apply a little less of glyphosate on the paths

It is a train not like the others which is presented on Tuesday and Wednesday, at Lille, at the Whistle, a salon specializing in the rail. With its artificial intelligence and its cameras on the sides, this odd convoy can detect the large tufts of weeds and watering just the right amount of herbicide to make them disappear. The attack "targeted" avoids applying harmful products to high-dose and indiscriminately in the vicinity of the channel rail, promises the designer of this train, the German chemist Bayer. The amount used decreases by at least 40 %. The SNCF, the first polluter to glyphosate of France with 35 tons applied to the land each year along the rails, might even reduce 70 % of its consumption.

" READ ALSO - glyphosate disappears gardens, but not fields.

To Lille, Bayer, which acquired the champion of glyphosate Monsanto and is facing numerous lawsuits in the United States by victims of this product, also hopes to convince the railways, british, Italian or belgian to rent his services for weeding their tracks, as with the past two years, the Deutsche Bahn, the railway company of germany. And it is already working to perfect his craft. With its two water tanks (one for herbicide, one for the water that we need to add), its comfortable cabins for the officers who remain on board several days, and his locomotive, he may sprinkle the earth travelling at 50 km/hour. Tomorrow, it could reach 80 km/hour. But other manufacturers, dream, them, weeding the waterways without polluting them with small robots that, quite simply, dig up the grass junk.

" SEE ALSO -Didier Guillaume: France aims for 80% of the French agricultural sector without glyphosate by 2021

Didier Guillaume : France aims for 80% of the French agricultural sector without glyphosate by 2021 - Watching on Figaro Live

Updated Date: 28 March 2019, 00:00

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