Is this the end for glyphosate?
Tell EU member states to reject an extension of weedkiller's license
Glyphosate, the ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller, could be banned in the EU from the end of June when its license expires.
EU member states have voted against an extension of its licence but the EU Commission is trying to push it through in a last vote on Friday 24th June. If it is not extended, manufacturers will have six months to phase-out products containing the common herbicide.
The WHO’s cancer agency last year declared that the herbicide was “probably carcinogenic to humans”.
March against Monsanto, photo credit: Joe Brusky
Glyphosate is the world’s most widely used weedkiller and made up a third of Monsanto’s total sales, before taxes and interest last year. It is so ubiquitous that surveys show almost all Europeans have significant traces of the substance in their bodies.
Multinationals like Monsanto, Bayer, Syngenta, Dow and DuPont have made fortunes selling glyphosate weedkiller and glyphosate-tolerant genetically engineered crops (GMOs) around the world.
A spokesperson from the Commission said:
"If no decision is taken before 30 June, glyphosate will be no longer authorised in the EU and member states will have to withdraw authorisations for all glyphosate based products.”
Sign the petition to the 28 EU member states urging them to vote against the re-licensing.
Further Reading: Monsanto – Guardian of Seeds or Profits?