Glyphosate phase-out demanded by MEPs, with full ban by end 2022
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MEPS have demanded a ban household use of glyphosate now, and agricultural use by the end of 2022.
They have also said that risk assessments by the EU Commission must be made public. On Wednesday, all EU countries will be voting on renewing the glyphosate licence.
Today, the European Parliament backed a full ban on glyphosate-based herbicides by December 2022 and immediate restrictions on the use of the substance.
Parliament has opposed the European Commission’s proposal to renew the controversial herbicide licence for 10 years.
Instead, MEPs say the EU should draw up plans to phase out the substance, starting with a complete ban on household use and a ban in use for farming, when, they said, biological alternatives (i.e. “integrated pest management systems”) work well for weed control.
MEPs said that glyphosate should be completely banned in the EU by 15 December 2022, with the necessary intermediate steps.
Because the UN cancer agency and EU food safety and chemicals agencies came to different conclusions regarding its safety, it meant that the EU risk assessment process before renewing the substance’s licence was mired in controversy.
MEPS pointed out that, “the release of the so-called “Monsanto Papers,” internal documents from the company which owns and produces Roundup®, of which glyphosate is the main active substance, shed doubt on the credibility of some studies used in the EU evaluation on glyphosate safety.”
They added that “the EU’s authorisation procedure, including the scientific evaluation of substances, should be based only on published, peer-reviewed and independent studies commissioned by competent public authorities.” The MEPs added that “EU agencies should be beefed up in order to allow them to work in this way.”
The non-binding resolution was adopted by 355 votes to 204, with 111 abstentions. EU member states will vote on a Commission proposal to renew the marketing authorisation of glyphosate on Wednesday.
A European Citizen’s initiative calling for a ban on the herbicide reached more than a million signatures in less than a year and will trigger a public hearing in Parliament in November.