European Commission grants new five-year licence for glyphosate
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Friends of the Earth Malta. has said in a statement that the EU has “failed to seize the opportunity to end the use of glyphosate in a vote yesterday.
Malta voted against the renewal of the harmful weed killer, it said. “however the European Commission and many EU Member States supported a new five-year licence for the controversial weed-killer, missing the opportunity to ban it completely and make European food and farming safer and more sustainable.”
“The approval, even if only for five years, is a missed opportunity to get rid of this risky weedkiller and start to get farmers off the chemical treadmill,” said the NGO.
FoE Malta stated that “glyphosate damages nature, probably causes cancer, and props up an industrial farming system that is degrading the land we need to feed ourselves.”
“Five more years of glyphosate will put our health and environment at risk, and is a major setback to more sustainable farming methods,” it said.
FoE Malta added that, “the EU’s food safety watchdog has given glyphosate a clean bill of health but has been accused of plagiarism by copying the main safety arguments from the industry’s application.”
The NGO pointed out that, “papers released in the USA reveal that the main producer of glyphosate, Monsanto, has been ghost-writing safety studies, covertly paying European scientists and has unduly influenced regulatory authorities to support the continued use of glyphosate.”
Malta, together with 8 other European countries voted against the renewal. “This announcement shows responsibility from government’s side as it has consistently chosen to listen to the concerns of experts and individuals who have demanded that our fields, streets and gardens would be free from this risky weed killer,” concluded Friends of the Earth Malta.
Vote breakdown is as follows:
In favour 18 – MS, 65,71% : BG, DE, CZ, DK, EE, IE, ES, LV, LT, HU, NL, PL, , RO, SV, SK, FI, SE, UK,
Against 9 – MS, 32.26 % : BE, EL, FR, HR, IT, CY, LU, MT, AT
Abstained 1 1 MS, 2.02%: PT