EU Member States
today failed to agree on the renewal of the herbicide Glyphosate, after a
proposal from the European Commission to extend its license for five years. Its
current license for use in the EU runs out on December 15.
Adrian Bebb, food
and farming campaigner at Friends of the Earth Europe said:
"Overwhelming public pressure is paying off, with a clear lack of
political support to extend the licence for glyphosate. This weedkiller locks
in reckless industrial farming, damages nature and probably causes cancer. When
the final decision comes around, there's only one responsible option – take it
off the market immediately, and support farmers to help them get off the
failed to get a qualified majority, meaning either the same proposal or an
edited one will be submitted to an appeal committee by the end of November for
another vote. If there is no qualified majority in this vote, the European
Commission will have to take a decision.