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Criminal complaints filed against UE on glyphosate approval

Lack of trust in European institutional actions reigns.  The Austrian NGO Global 2000 and the European branch of the world-wide NGO Pesticide Action Network have filed a criminal complaint against the European Food and Safety Agency EFSA, and against the Bundesinstitut für Risikobewertung (BfR) – the German institute for evaluating risks.  The Germans helped sway…

Glyphosate. Voted in for another 5 years by the European Union

The 28 countries of the EC have finally voted today – by a majority of one – in favour of renewing the use of glyphosate for another five years.  16 votes out of the 28 countries were needed to clinch the deal, representing 65% of the EU population.  Germany, representing a large demographic area of…

Glyphosate: EC vote postponed

The European Commission vote concerning the ban or extension of the use of the controversial weedkiller glyphosate – due this week – has been postponed, it is said, to give Germany time to form a coalition government.  No future date is yet fixed, but it should take place before 31 December when the present authorisation…

Glyphosate and Alternative Farming

France’s Minister of Ecological and Solidary Transition Nicolas Hulot will oppose the re-approval of the controversial weed-killer glyphosate for unrestricted use at the upcoming EU discussions 6-7 October.  Glyphosate was categorized by the The International Agency for Research on Cancer/IARC  in 2015 as “probably carcinogenic to humans (Group 2A)”; i.e. as  a ‘suspected’ cancer-producing product, while…

Controversial weed killer glyphosate cleared by European Chemicals Agency

The controversy over the chemical weed killer glyphosate continues.  On 15 March the European Chemicals Agency/ECHA ruled that it was not a carcinogen and is thus safe for public use. This comes after years of numerous conflicting reports from scientists, governments, NGOs and international organizations.  Amongst them: The World Health Organization’s Cancer Agency The International…