EU Member States today failed to agree on the renewal of the herbicide Glyphosate, after a proposal from the European Commission to extend its license for five years. Its current license for use in the EU runs out on December 15.
Adrian Bebb, food and farming campaigner at Friends of the Earth Europe said: "Overwhelming public pressure is paying off, with a clear lack of political support to extend the licence for glyphosate. This weedkiller locks in reckless industrial farming, damages nature and probably causes cancer. When the final decision comes around, there's only one responsible option – take it off the market immediately, and support farmers to help them get off the chemical treadmill."
How safe is the science around #glyphosate? Read this thread for a snapshot— Adrian Bebb (@AdrianBebb) November 8, 2017
The proposal failed to get a qualified majority, meaning either the same proposal or an edited one will be submitted to an appeal committee by the end of November for another vote. If there is no qualified majority in this vote, the European Commission will have to take a decision.