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Public pressure against glyphosate in European countries has been intense, with nearly 1.5 million people petitioning the EU health commissioner, Vitenis Andriukaitis, for a ban on the substance, The Guardian reported.
After a vote by the Dutch parliament opposing the renewal of the glyphosate permit, the Netherlands called for an EU-wide postponement of the decision. "If there is no possibility to postpone the vote, we will vote against the proposal," said Marcel van Beusekom, a spokesman for the Netherlands Ministry of Agriculture.
The move by Sweden and the Netherlands follows Friday's announcement by French Ecology Minister Ségolène Royal that France will vote against the renewal of the glyphosate license in the EU.
Royal also added that France was not supporting the European Food Safety Authority (EASA) in its recent glyphosate safety assessment but has based its decision on the report of the World Health Organization's International Agency for Investigation. on Cancer (IARC) in 2015, where glyphosate was declared a probable human carcinogen.
Swedish Environment Minister Åsa Romson said: "We are not going to take risks with glyphosate and we do not think the analysis done so far is good enough. We are going to propose that no decision be made until analysis has been done and EFSA scientists have been more transparent in their considerations. "
Romson added: "We are raising concerns because our citizens are raising concerns. They want to feel safe and secure with food and production in our society."
This move by France and its EU partners will reach biotech giant Monsanto and other large pesticide companies that rely on glyphosate-based herbicides for a large percentage of their global profits. Glyphosate is now the most widely and large-scale applied herbicide in the history of global chemical agriculture.
Andriukaitis for his part confirmed that member states will discuss glyphosate regulation in the coming days and also added, in a very important change in EU policy; "I am committed to working with the Member States to develop a list of adjuvants in pesticides that could pose a health risk. This is another claim that will shake the biotech industry to the core, as previously all regulators around the world have completely ignored the potential health risks of adjuvants, also known as adjuvants or non-active ingredients in pesticides.
Source: Sustainable Pulse - www.sustainablepulse.com