EU prepares for overhaul of glyphosate licences
The EU is preparing an overhaul of how it authorises GMOs or chemicals such as glyphosate, the vexed weedkiller that was at the centre of a diplomatic row last year.
The EU’s top officials — including European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker (pictured) and health chief Vytenis Andriukaitis — were furious last year after EU countries shirked a decision on whether to renew the herbicide’s EU licence, following a WHO warning that it could
It left the Commission holding the baby on a deeply unpopular issue, just as it was grappling with the migration crisis and Brexit.
A group of NGOs this week launched a petition to ban glyphosate and is confident of getting a million signatures, which will force the EU to act.
The bloc’s chemicals agency is due to report back this summer on glyphosate’s potential to cause cancer.