Glyphosate : Europe has to take a decision

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Glyphosate is one of the most popular weedkiller component in the world. It is so used, that the substance has been found in 45% of Europe’s topsoil. It has been used on a very large number of cultivable acres. Commercialized since 1974, this molecule has been detected in several products, including the famous Monsanto’s Roundup.

An European committee has to examine the case. Commissaries of each European country will have to take a decision : renew, or not, the sales authorization of the glyphosate in European Union. The assembly will take place the 25th of October. Deputies already voted a resolution to ban the product from non professional use from the 15th of December 2017.   

The organisation Food Trust, an NGO which has the mission to ensure an access to food for everyone said that this statement “ could be the beginning of the end of herbicide use in agriculture as we know it, leading to a new chapter of innovation and diversity”. Some country, like France, are already debating for a national prohibition of the glyphosate, if European negotiations are inconclusive.

In 2015, the World Health Organisation’s cancer agency, published a study. According to the experts, Glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic for humans”. The same year, Brussels received more than one million signatures for a moratorium about the chemical substance.

 

Quentin Bremand

 

 

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