Glyphosate remains a source of contention in the EU

Glyphosate remains a source of contention in the EU

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Europe doesn't want it

A survey of more than 7,000 citizens living in the four largest EU states found that the majority of people oppose the use of glyphosate: as expressed by 75% of Italians, 70% of Germans, 60% of the French and 56% of the British.

Earlier this year, the European Union Committee on the Environment, Food, Safety and Public Health (ENVI) formally opposed the reauthorization of glyphosate by the European Commission.

The analytic of discord

On the other hand, and at the initiative of the Greens party, many members of the European Parliament (150 to be exact) opted to demonstrate in an effective and irrefutable manner that glyphosate is not only a poison but could be bioaccumulative and that it is present in the organism of humans by ingestion of products that were fumigated during their production.

The tests, carried out by the prestigious BioCheck laboratory in Leipzig, indicate that glyphosate has been detected in the urine of the entire group of participants and in proportions that are alarming, since the average rate of glyphosate found in the urine of MEPs was 1.7 micrograms / liter, that is, seventeen times the amount allowed by regulation, for residues of this substance in European drinking water (which is 0.1 micrograms / liter).

More tests

Glyphosate has already been detected in humans and the immediate environment in several studies. In 2013, a group called "Friends of the Earth" from Europe published a study that showed that most people in the 18 major European countries have traces of glyphosate in their urine.

A German study published last February revealed that 14 of the most popular German beer brands tested positive for the chemical, and a recent study also found glyphosate in 100% of California's 14 most celebrated wines.

According to another German research conducted in 2015, out of 2,000 samples from a large group of citizens, 99.6% of individuals had traces of glyphosate with concentrations of five to forty-two times higher than the established minimum figure.

The reliability or not of the test results presented (which have been infinite) according to the members of the EU parliament, has only increased the confusion and lack of communication regarding the safety of glyphosate and they continue to postpone taking a definitive decision.

For this reason, the Netherlands wants to delay the decision to ban the use of glyphosate until the end of 2017, which would give the European Chemicals Agency time to complete the study on glyphosate and its surfactants that they are carrying out.

Several national governments, including Belgium, are currently supporting the position of the European Commission in this regard, as they wish to renew the authorization of the use of glyphosate. However, others such as Italy, France, Germany and Sweden have firmly rejected this request.

The last vote

The European Union again delayed the vote on the renewal of the approval of sales of pesticides based on glyphosate, used in Monsanto's herbicide Roundup, amid controversy about whether this element can cause cancer (when the WHO already declared “potentially carcinogenic”).

EU sources said the vote was postponed due to opposition from France and Germany, which have large agricultural and chemical industries that compete with glyphosate and without the support of those two countries, the European Commission lacks a majority that you need for a binding vote.

A final thought

In other words, the rejection comes from the hands of the economic interests of the nations that produce other pesticides (of which the degree of toxicity should be verified) and not from the reality that this element is highly harmful to human health.

But the worst is yet to come, since if the EU decides once and for all to eliminate glyphosate, it is already known that the Monsanto company will raise all kinds of lawsuits, because apparently it is legal to sell any type of poisons and falsely promote them as safe, but deciding not to buy them is not.


Video: Glyphosate - Strategic Briefing for Lawyers and Activists (July 2022).


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