Glyphosate back on the agenda

Irish Independent - Farming - - FINANCE -

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.

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