Weed killer glyphosate wins five-year approval in European Union vote

Weed killer glyphosate wins five-year approval in European Union vote

Weed killer glyphosate wins five-year approval in European Union vote

He pointed out that the Commission had originally proposed a 10-year renewal and said that the reduced licence offered "five years in which we will work to look for alternatives".

The Commission is willing to adopt the decision before the current authorization expires on 15 December, via a draft implementing act, after the appeal committee's positive opinion.

"The decision taken today by a narrow qualified majority of Member States has locked the EU into another five years of toxic agriculture", said Bart Staes, a Green Party member of the European Parliament.

European Union agriculture commissioner, Phil Hogan, welcomed the vote, while his health and food safety counterpart also hailed the fact there was a qualified majority.

"Today's vote shows that when we all want to, we are able to share and accept our collective responsibility in decision making", EU Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis said in a statement.

However, there was controversy in Germany yesterday after its Agricultural Minister Christian Schmidt voted in fvour of the motion without consent from the Environmental Minister. Anyone interested in building trust between interlocutors can not behave that way " the Environment Minister added.

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"Glyphosate damages nature, probably causes cancer, and props up an industrial farming system that is degrading the land we need to feed ourselves".

A petition by 1.3 million European Union citizens called for glyphosate to be banned after the herbicide was declared "probably carcinogenic to humans" by the International Agency for Research on Cancer in 2015.

Several subsequent studies, including those conducted by the EU's food (EFSA) and chemicals (ECHA) agencies, concluded that there was not enough evidence to support the link between glyphosate and cancer risk.

However, in a letter sent to EC President Jean-Claude Juncker in March, a group of 30 MEPs questioned the validity of a study used by the EFSA in its assessment.

The herbicide's license had been due to run out in less than three weeks, raising the prospect of Monsanto's Roundup disappearing from store shelves and, potentially, a farmers' revolt. The Papers include a host of documents from U.S. regulators and United States scientists, as well as thousands of pages of internal Monsanto emails, memos and other documents.

France, which tried in vain to convince its European partners to renew the licence for only three years, voted against.

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