Anti-glyphosate pressure groups call for ban

On April 13, at the Strasbourg plenary, there will be a vote on the Environment Committee's objection to the Commission's draft measure to renew the EU market approval for glyphosate, the active ingredient in many widely used herbicides.

Thirteen pressure groups have written to MEPs to state their concerns about glyphosate re-registration.

Pesticide Action Network UK (PAN UK) and 12 other UK based organisations are asking MEPs to support their objection to re-registration "due to serious health and environmental concerns about glyphosate that have been raised by the scientific community". 

Last year, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) of the World Health Organisation (WHO) classified glyphosate as a "probable human carcinogen".

The European Commission’s initial proposal is for the maximum period possible (15 years),

The letter from pressure groups says the proposal bans one of the nearly 500 possible co-formulants, polyethoxylated (POE)-tallowamine which is already no longer used in Germany, one of Europe’s largest pesticides markets. 

It says the proposal allows a 66 per cent increase in residues on food, and that glyphosate producers would be able to prove the absence of hormone disruption after obtaining approval. 

The letter added: "It is our strong view that the EU should not take any final decision before the potential health and environmental impacts of glyphosate have been fully established, including its potential to cause cancer and affect the endocrine system. In addition, the EU should immediately ban all uses of glyphosate that result in the greatest public and worker exposure, either directly or through residues in food.

"Therefore we call on you to vote in favor of the objection to the Commission’s ill-considered proposal for glyphosate renewal and stand for the protection of human health, environment, and safer farming for all agricultural communities."

Aside from PAN UK, the groups involved in the letter are: 

Alliance for Cancer Prevention

Brighton Breast Cancer Action

Cancer Prevention and Education Society

CHEM Trust

Environmental Justice Foundation

Global Justice Now

GM Watch

Greenpeace UK

Scottish Hazards

Slow Food UK

Soil Association

War on Want

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