EU Does Mon­santo's Bid­ding & Re­news Glyphosate Li­cense

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De­spite over­whelm­ing pub­lic op­po­si­tion and de­fin­i­tive proof of sub­stan­tial harm to the en­vi­ron­ment and hu­man health, the EU has re­newed the li­cense for the her­bi­cide glyphosate.

Nine coun­tries op­posed the five-year re­newal: Bel­gium, Greece, France, Croa­tia, Italy, Cyprus, Lux­em­bourg, Malta, and Aus­tria. Por­tu­gal ab­stained.

Ger­many was the de­cid­ing sup­porter, even though the en­vi­ron­ment min­is­ter was strongly op­posed to the re­newal.

MEP Sven Giegold said that the Ger­man gov­ern­ment de­ci­sion to sup­port the re­newal was as a "slap in the face of the en­vi­ron­ment and con­sumers."

MEPS Eric An­drieu and Marc Tara­bella said that "the 28 and the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion are guilty of fail­ure to as­sist per­sons in dan­ger."

"We didn't ask for re­newal, we asked for a phase­out," said Czech MEP Pavel Poc.

In a res­o­lu­tion adopted in the par­lia­ment's ple­nary in Oc­to­ber, the par­lia­ment asked for a phase-out over the next five years.

Some 1.3 mil­lion Euro­peans cit­i­zens had pre­sented a pe­ti­tion ask­ing the Euro­pean Union to ban glyphosate.

Some be­lieve that glyphosate is part of a sin­is­ter plot to re­duce the hu­man pop­u­la­tion.

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