EU postpones reapproval of weed killer glyphosate.
Thu May 19, 2016
Today the Europan union postponed the relicensing of Glyphosate and Roundup products. There is not a clear understanding if this substance causes cancer in humans. Weed killer glyphosate is one of the most-widely used weedkillers in the world, and Roundup is one of Monsanto’s best selling products. Several countries in the European Union opposed today the renewal on a 15 year license extension for glyphosate. The Nederlands, France and Sweden opposed the relicensing of the weedkiller earlier this week.
According to the Swedish environment minister, Åsa Romson: “We won’t take risks with glyphosate and we don’t think that the analysis done so far is good enough. We will propose that no decision is taken until further analysis has been done, and the European Food Safety Authority (Efsa) scientists have been more transparent about their considerations.”
Will weed killer glyphosate be banned?
If there is no decision before June 30th, 2016, all glyphosate products will have to be removed from the market. This means that stores selling products containing glyphosate, will have several months to sell whatever inventory have in their stores.
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.
A study done by Simon Fraser University found that organophosphate pesticides were found in the blood in over 80% of children tested. Toxins can have a long lasting effects in children. If Roundup is one of the most commonly used pesticide, why is it that is not tested in the food we eat, or in blood samples?
What do you think? Should Roundup and Glyphosate be banned from the market?