MEPs push to halt re­li­cens­ing of glyphosate weed­killer

Irish Independent - Farming - - FINANCE -

EU ex­perts meet this week to con­sider the re­li­cens­ing of con­tested weed­killer glyphosate, as MEPs push to ban it.

There are not yet enough EU coun­tries in favour of re­new­ing glyphosate for 10 years — the pro­posal made by the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion last year — to see the vote through.

France has come out against the her­bi­cide, while Ger­many and Italy are ham­strung by re­cent or up­com­ing elec­tions.

The fail­ure to come to an agree­ment could see glyphosate-based her­bi­cides such as Mon­santo’s RoundUp taken off the shelves from next year.

EU farm­ers’ or­gan­i­sa­tion Copa and Co­geca is call­ing for a 15-year re­newal of the chem­i­cal’s EU li­cence, say­ing food sup­plies could be in dan­ger as there are no en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly al­ter­na­tives to the sub­stance.

En­vi­ron­ment MEPs last week backed a full ban on glyphosate-based her­bi­cides by De­cem­ber 2020 and im­me­di­ate re­stric­tions on pri­vate use. A full par­lia­men­tary vote will take place this week, though it will not be bind­ing on the EU.

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