McIntyre slams "over-zealous" MEPs seeking to ban glyphosate

West Midlands Conservative MEP Anthea McIntyre has called on fellow members of the European Parliament not to block re-registration of glyphosate in the EU.

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The European Parliament will vote in Strasbourg tomorrow (13 April) on a resolution calling on the EU Commission effectively to ban farmers and others from applying the herbicide.

McIntyre, a prominent voice for production horticulture in the parliament, said: "This product is vital for arable and horticulture crops. We must not go banning it on a whim because of misplaced concerns which are not backed by evidence."

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) concluded last November that glyphosate "is unlikely to pose a carcinogenic hazard to humans", contradicting an earlier warning issued by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).

Based on that advice, the EU Commission is proposing to renew the current authorisation, due to expire on June 30. But MEPs on the Committee for Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) passed a resolution objecting to the approval of glyphosate, leading to this week's vote of the full parliament.

McIntyre added: "We cannot allow a few over-zealous MEPs to sideline science. Our farmers need these products to protect their crops and put food on our tables."

Meanwhile the British Independent Fruit Growers Association (BIFGA) has called on its members to write to their MEPs explaining why glyphosate is important to their businesses. 

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