October 25, 2017 — European Union (EU) lawmakers are calling for a gradual phase-out of the weed-killer Roundup (glyphosate) over the next 5 years.
The European Commission has dropped its proposal to re-license glyphosate for the next 10 years after France refused to vote in favor of the proposal and other member-states cited ongoing safety concerns about the risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
According to a spokesman for the European Commission:
“The direction given is to strive to reach between five and seven years, taking into account the risk assessment made by the European Parliament in today’s vote.”
Representatives from 28 member-nations of the EU were supposed to meet today to discuss the extension of approval for glyphosate for the next 10 years.
Instead, the European Parliament voted 355 to 204 in favor of asking the European Commission to phase out glyphosate throughout the EU by mid-December 2022.
The European Parliament also demanded that the Commission and EU member-nations immediately ban the use of glyphosate in home gardens, public parks, and commercial agricultural use on farms unless there were no other biological pest-control systems available.
The debate has been raging for the last 2 years, ever since the World Health Organization’s cancer-research agency upgraded glyphosate to a “probable human carcinogen” based on studies that found higher rates of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma among farm-workers who used glyphosate in the United States, Canada, and Sweden.
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