Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have condemned European Commission proposals to re-authorize glyphosate for 15 years. In a resolution adopted on April 13, MEPs criticized the Commission for failing to ensure a high level of protection of human and animal health and the environment, and for failing to apply the precautionary principle.
The Parliament called on the Commission to ignore industry demands to re-authorize glyphosate for 15 years and re-authorize only for 7 years under strict conditions. They also called for:
- an independent review of the carcinogenic and endocrine disruptive properties of glyphosate;
- publication of all scientific evidence that the European Food Safety Authority used to justify ignoring WHO cancer warnings;
- a ban on non-professional uses of glyphosate and training for professional users;
- glyphosate not to be used near public parks, playgrounds and gardens.
“It is now more urgent than ever to keep pressure on the European Commission. They must at a minimum apply the demands of the Parliament resolution. The IUF and our allies will continue to fight for a global ban. Glyphosate is a direct threat to the health of the agricultural workers who are in the front line of exposure. Protecting the health of workers in the food chain is the surest route to assuring safe food for consumers,” commented IUF General Secretary, Ron Oswald.