EU: Parliament fails to reach conclusion on carcinogenic properties of glyphosate despite warnings of negative health effects

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14 November 2017

EU: Parliament postpones controversial vote due to lack of consensus on cancer concerns re glyphosate license

Author: Caterina Tani, EU Observer

"EU fails again to agree glyphosate renewal", 9 November 2017

EU member states [...] again failed to agree on a licence renewal period for the controversial herbicide glyphosate, used in the Monsanto produce Roundup among other produces, despite an 18-month long debate. Ministers in the standing committee on plant animal food and feed in Brussels were not able to reach the qualified majority necessary and the meeting resulted in a "no opinion" outcome... In order to try to break the deadlock caused by Thursday's rejection of its proposal, the Commission announced that a further attempt will be taken within the appeal committee for food safety before 22 November... If no decision decision is taken, the Commission will have the power to adopt its own proposal without the backing of European governments... The license for glyphosate will expire on 15 December. Even though two EU agencies have said glyphosate is safe, some NGO and environmental activists strongly objects, as the World Health Organisation's International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified glyphosate as "probably carcinogenic to humans". 

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6 November 2017

UN Special Rapporteur on Toxic Wastes warns EU of negative effects of glyphosates on children's health

Author: Baskut Tuncak for The Guardian

...Two weeks ago, some European countries blocked the attempt to give glyphosate a new 10-year licence. This decision is about much more than one pesticide. It’s a welcome sign that EU member states might be more vigilant in performing their duty to protect against corporate abuses of our human rights from exposure to toxic chemicals, including pesticides. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the most ratified international human rights treaty in the world (only the US is not a party), makes it clear that states have an explicit obligation to protect children from exposure to toxic chemicals, from contaminated food and polluted water, and to ensure that every child can realise their right to the highest attainable standard of health. These and many other rights of the child are abused by the current pesticide regime...

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