Molly writes for the Ecologist questioning Monsanto’s role in the decision by EU countries to re-authorise Europe’s most used weedkiller, glyphosate.
Molly and the Greens in Europe have called for much greater support for small farmers as the European Commission publishes a plan for the future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
Responding to news that a qualified majority of EU member states reached a decision to renew the license for the controversial weed killer glyphosate for a further five years, Molly, who is a member of the European Parliament’s Agriculture Committee, commented: “This is a toxic decision. A majority of EU nations, including the UK are … Read moreGreen MEP responds to decision on five-year renewal of toxic glyphosate
The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is not fit for purpose, according to a new study co-commissioned by the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament.
Molly writes for Business Green, arguing that if Michael Gove is to be taken seriously as an environmentalist he will need to weed out all toxic substances being used in farming, not just neonicotinoids.
Environment secretary, Michael Gove, has been on a charm offensive, seeking to persuade the green lobby that his plans for a ‘Green Brexit’ will be good for the UK’s environment. Molly challenges this view in an article for Left Foot Forward.
Greens continue to press for a full ban on glyphosate which is linked to some cancers and damages biodiversity and soil health.
The renewal of the glyphosate licence in the EU is controversial in large part because so many farmers in the EU are heavily reliant on the herbicide to rid their fields of “weeds”/wildflowers. Many farmers are arguing that spraying glyphosate on their fields is a ‘sustainable alternative’ to tilling the soil with heavy machinery, which … Read moreStatement from Molly Scott Cato on the use of glyphosate in farming in Europe
The UK was one of 16 countries voting to renew the licence for the sale of the glyphosate in Europe, making a mockery of Gove’s ‘green Brexit’. period with EU countries.
A report launched this week refutes claims that glyphosate is a necessary tool for modern day agriculture; Greens are calling for a rapid move towards chemical free farming.