Parliament to debate glyphosate licensing
MEPs are today debating the merits of reauthorising weedkiller glyphosate for use in the EU, a move that is set to further politicise the ongoing row over the chemical.
The European Commission has suggested a new 10-year licence for glyphosate, which
has been in use since the 1970s and is marketed by agrochemical giant Monsanto as RoundUp.
Two years ago the scientific community was thrown into disarray when a World Health Organisation body said glyphosate “probably” causes cancer in humans.
The EU’s food safety and chemicals agencies have said there is not enough evidence to support the claim.
Socialist MEPs say recent revelations in the US “cast doubt on the credibility of the studies” used by EU agencies to assess glyphosate’s safety.
Green MEPs have appealed to the EU’s highest court for public access to the studies used by EU agencies.