A couple of weeks ago EU Regulators postponed a re-approval of the weed killer Glyphosate in the EU. This week (June 6th), those regulators will meet to discuss a possible amendment to the regulation regarding glyphosate . According to their website, their agenda will:
“Exchange of views and possible opinion of the Committee on a draft Commission Implementing Regulation amending Implementing Regulation (EU) No 540/2011. As regards the extension of the approval period of the active substance glyphosate”.
In other words, it is possible the European Commission will allow the use of glyphosate for commercial and private use in the European Union. Even if they don’t come to a resolution before the deadline in June 30th, 2016.
On March 2015, The World Health Organization International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) labeled weed killer glyphosate as “probably” cancer causing agent. Concerns about glyphosate in food as been growing for the past several months, and in fact it has been detected in food, water and soil samples after being sprayed. This product is not included in the US government monitoring of chemicals in human tissue or blood.
Neither is tested in food. There is no way to know if farmers spraying fields, families that live near farms, or homeowners spraying weed killer in their yards, are being exposed to it.