June 30, 2016

What’s Today In The News? | Glyphosate Europe

What’s today in the news? One the most searched topics is Glyphosate Europe. And for a good reason. Next month, Glyphosate will be allowed to be sold in the EU for an additional 18 months. For the past month, Monsanto’s Glyphosate was denied twice for re-licensing, and today, just hours before the deadline, it was temporally approved.

Today, for some mysterious reason, Monsanto’s Glyphosate, and most popular weed killer Roundup was approved for re-licensing. On March 2015, The World Health Organization International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) labeled weed killer glyphosate as “probably” cancer causing agent.

Glyphosate Europe | EU Approves Glyphosate

In a press release on Wednesday, the European Commission explains they took that decision after reviewing the information gathered by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), and the Member States’ national agencies. Monsanto is not happy because they were hoping to get at least a 15 year extension. Instead, they got a  1.5 year temporary extension.

So what now? For the next year and a half, the European Commission will have to review additional information regarding Glyphosate. They will have to come to a final conclusion to determine if this product is safe. The European Commission came with a final decision:

“The Commission adopted the extension of the current approval of glyphosate for a limited period until the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) has concluded its review – since Member States failed to take responsibility (no qualified majority was reached at either the Standing Committee or the Appeal Committee).
In parallel to the extension of the approval, the Commission has already presented to Member States a series of recommendations on the use of glyphosate. Discussions with the Member States have started at expert level. The Commission will work to have them adopted as soon as possible. The decision will contain three clear recommendations:
1) Ban a co-formulant called POE-tallowamine from glyphosate based products;
2) Minimise the use of the substance in public parks, public playgrounds and gardens;
3) Minimise the pre-harvest use of glyphosate.
It must be noted that it is primarily the responsibility of Member States to decide upon and enforce such measures.”

You can read the full report HERE


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