• Agriculture,
  • biodiversity,
  • environment,
  • farmers,
  • nature,
  • pesticides

The EU Commission has announced a 10-year renewal of Glyphosate, following the failure of Member States to reach an agreement on its proposal.

France, Germany and the Netherlands, among others, have shied away instead of halting the irresponsible plans of the EU Commission. Now, the highly toxic Glyphosate will continue causing health damage for another ten years, destroying nature, biodiversity, and causing animal suffering. Meanwhile, the cash registers keep ringing for BayerMonsanto, BASF, and other agrochemical giants .

Left MEP Anja Hazekamp (Partij voor de Dieren, Netherlands) comments: “It is scandalous to see how health- and environmental concerns, as well as democratic calls to stop glyphosate are pushed aside for the mega-profits of the pesticide-industry. Member States – including the Netherlands whose parliament repeatedly called for a ban – have failed to vote against this glyphosate re-approval and have failed to safeguard human- and animal health. Despite this, there was no qualified majority of Member States supporting a glyphosate renewal either. Sadly the European Commission seems eager to push through its proposal for a 10-year renewal, without democratic legitimacy and bluntly ignoring the call of more than 1 million citizens to stop glyphosate.”

Left MEP Manon Aubry (La France Insoumise, France) says: “Member States, in particular France and Germany, have given in to lobbies and failed to protect our health and our environment. Emmanuel Macron bears a personal responsibility by breaking his public promise to ban glyphosate at European level. They let the unelected Commission renew Glyphosate for 10 years, disregarding new scientific evidence of toxicity and citizens’ mobilization. Democratic failure, corporate capture, health and environmental hazards: this is the worst possible outcome.”

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