The future of glyphosate as a tool to kill weeds in the European market is in doubt after a proposal to extend its sales authorization didn’t get enough votes. Glyphosate’s EU license expires at the end of this month, and reauthorizing the weed killer is running into opposition from member states as conflicting scientific reports about its ability to cause cancer continue to circulate. The majority of member states backed the extension, but because the more populous countries like France, Germany, and Italy abstained from voting, the extension didn’t meet the 65 percent population threshold requirement.
The EU’s executive arm had proposed extending the sales license by 12 to 18 months. That would have allowed the European Chemicals Agency to come up with a finding on the health impact of glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup.
Source: NAFB News Service