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Glyphosate weedkiller gets 5 more years

Jan 4

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The European Comission has renewed its licence  


The European Commission has been trying to get the use of the weedkiller glyphosate approved for another ten years. But they failed to get a majority of EU countries to back the renewal and had to postpone the vote several times.

Sadly, in November, they renewed the licence for another five years in a last-chance meeting less than three weeks before its current licence expired. 


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Photo credit: Global Justice Now during its #MonsantoExposed campaign. 



The UN International Agency for Research on Cancer called glyphosate “probably carcinogenic”.

Adrian Bebb of Friends of the Earth Europe

“Glyphosate damages nature, probably causes cancer, and props up an industrial farming system that is degrading the land we need to feed ourselves. Five more years of glyphosate will put our health and environment at risk, and is a major setback to more sustainable farming methods”.


The vote

The renewal got 18 votes in favour and nine against, with one abstention:

  • 18 in favour: Bulgaria, Germany, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Ireland, Spain, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Finland, Sweden, United Kingdom.
  • 9 Against: Belgium, Greece, France, Croatia, Italy, Cyprus, Luxembourg, Malta, Austria.
  • 1 Abstained: Portugal.


Four states, including Germany, changed their vote to approve the renewal having previously abstained which had blocked any decision. 

France plans to ban the use of glyphosate within three years. It has been banned in Sri Lanka and some countries and regions have banned glyphosate use in public parks and gardens.

Glyphosate is the main ingredient for Monsanto’s best-selling weedkiller Roundup. 

According to petition campaigners SumOfUs, it was recently revealed that the regulatory authorities responsible for assessing glyphosate copied crucial parts of their evaluation directly from Monsanto, word for word. 


Read our profile on Monsanto: guardian of seeds or profits?









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