Glyphosate back on the agenda
THE glyphosate saga is back on the parliamentary radar this week.
MEPs will today decide on the membership and mandate for a special committee to look at how the weedkiller came to be renewed for use in the EU.
The new committee will also look more broadly at the bloc’s authorisation procedure for pesticides — which sees active ingredients approved at EU level, while national authorities are responsible for waving through the final product.
A World Health Organisation panel had said glyphosate was “probably carcinogenic”.
The EU’s chemicals and food safety agencies said it was unlikely to cause cancer in humans, allowing EU countries to renew the chemical’s marketing licence for five years. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup, the world’s most used herbicide.
In a resolution voted on in October, MEPs said leaked emails from Monsanto scientists cast doubt on the credibility of some studies used in the EU’s glyphosate safety assessment. They also called for the phasing out of all uses of glyphosate by the end of 2022.