The European Commission “should not renew the approval of the herbicide substance glyphosate on the EU market.”
That’s according to the European Parliament’s Environment Committee, which objects to the Commission’s plans to approve the controversial substance in June of this year, for a further 15 years.
The resolution passed today – despite the terror attacks – by 38 votes to 6, with 18 abstentions. In a statement the Committee said “So long as serious concerns remain about the carcinogenicity and endocrine disruptive properties of the herbicide glyphosate, which is used in hundreds of farm, forestry, urban and garden applications, the EU Commission should not renew its authorisation. Instead, it should commission an independent review and disclose all the scientific evidence that the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) used to assess glyphosate, said Environment Committee MEPs on Tuesday. ”
ENVI commitee vote: Objection on #glyphosate renewal adopted! : ) 38 for, 6 against and 18 abstentions.
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The motion for a resolution will be put to a vote at the 11-14 April plenary session in Strasbourg.
National experts sitting in the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (Phytopharmaceuticals Section) will vote to adopt or reject the Commission proposal by qualified majority in May. If there is no such majority, it will be up to the European Commission to decide.