Glyphosate: Scaremongering wins out against robust science

Oct 25, 2017


Commenting after EU Member States failed to reach an agreement on Glyphosate’s license renewal, ECR environment coordinator Julie Girling said:

“Failing to renew glyphosate’s license highlights once again how difficult it has become to conduct evidence-based decision-making in Europe. By dispensing with the original proposal for a 10-year reauthorisation period, some Member States have put unsubstantiated claims and scaremongering ahead of robust, independent scientific assessments.

“The EU approval process can only serve its regulatory purpose if politicians and other policy-makers respect the conclusions of its risk-assessment agencies. Today’s decision needlessly weakens the credibility of this process and those that lose out the most are farmers, the very people that produce our food, who will continue to face uncertainty over glyphosate. ”


EU Member States failed to agree on the duration of glyphosate’s renewal during talks today. Postponing the decision means that the approval will not happen until at least November, running right up until December when Glyphosate’s license will expire. At present there are no available substitutes for glyphosate, the world’s most widely used weed killer, on the market and without it farmers will face significant reductions in their yields.