Reapproval of glyphosate postponed again as EU nations fail to agree

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A decision on whether or not to reapprove the controversial toxic substance glyphosate in Europe has been postponed for the second time, following disagreement among representatives of EU governments. A revised proposal by the European Commission to reapprove glyphosate for use in Europe for 9 more years, with almost no restrictions, failed to secure the required majority among EU governments [1]. Molly, who is a member of the European Parliament’s Agricultural Committee, said:

“The rebellion from several EU countries to the relicensing of glyphosate and a vote by MEPs calling on the Commission to restrict permitted uses of the toxic herbicide shows another Europe is possible – one where we are not willing to cave in to pressure from corporations. Sadly, the UK has been absent from the list of dissenting voices. The Tories have been cheerleaders for both agribusiness and GM crops – two sides of the same coin. Corporate giant Monsanto produces both Roundup, the world’s leading glyphosate-based weed killer, and glyphosate-resistant GM crops. A marriage of convenience which seeks corporate control of food production.”

“National governments have powers to ban glyphosate if they choose to and France has already indicated it will impose a ban. This is not the EU forcing glyphosate down our throats; the UK government can choose whether or not to allow the use of this toxic chemical which poses risks to both human health and biodiversity.”


[1] The decision was due to be taken by representatives of EU governments in the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed. The proposal by the European Commission to approve glyphosate for a further 9 years, with no restrictions on its use, would have to be approved by a qualified majority of member states. It is not yet clear when the next meeting of the committee will take place but the Commission is now expected to work on a new proposal together with the lead/’rapporteur’ member state, Germany.