Glyphosate findings questioned

Evidence has been highlighted that studies concluding glyphosate is safe, were unfairly disregarded.

Evidence from a court case in the US has showed that two scientific studies from Germany were overlooked by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which linked the weedkiller to cancer in 2015.

A study from German scientist Helmut Greim which showed no connection between glyphosate and cancer in 14 lab rats, and which the IARC received a month in advance only sent to the decision-making committee 24 hours before it met, giving experts no time to examine its findings, a Politico investigation has found.

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) and European Food Safety Agency (EFSA), have concluded glyphosate, which is under review by the European Commission is safe for use.

A Crop Protection Association spokesperson said: "These fresh revelations serve to underline the importance of science-based policy making and offer further proof that glyphosate is, and has always been, safe. The implication that the IARC study was both flawed and lacking in scientific basis is worrying, and underscores the importance of relying on the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) and European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) conclusions on glyphosate in their reviews.

 "More than 40 years of use by farmers and gardeners coupled with robust, independent scientific evidence show that glyphosate is safe and effective.  

"We are now urging the government to represent the interests of farmers, consumers and science – and vote for a full, 15-year renewal of glyphosate."

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