Glyphosate: EU, why longer tarry?

The competent committee of the EU discussed Friday in Brussels, the further recognition of glyphosate. It was again not a clear decision. A missed opportunity, says Velt-employee Barbara Creemers, because the support to choose to the health of all Europeans is there. “Therefore I call upon everyone to the power of the consumer to show and in the shop as much as possible before organic food and against glyphosate.’

Farmer edits his field © istock

The delay around the renewal of the authorisation of glyphosate means in the meantime already more than a year. Last year, the European Commission’s additional opinion to wait before take a position.


Stop procrastination: why the glyfosaatdebat even longer delay?

From this opinion of EFSA and ECHA, two European scientific institutions, showed that there were no obstacles to the air. That resulted in the July 2017 to the proposal which the European Commission an extension requires the recognition of glyphosate with ten years.

The past few weeks, it became clear that there is no consensus about this proposal. France, Italy, Austria and Luxembourg were know to vote no or to abstain. Germany and Belgium kept their decision is still under consideration. The netherlands, by contrast, was positive about the proposal for a ten-year renewal: Dutch minister Kamp will find even an extension of fifteen years of sentencing.

Now what?

There was no vote today, just an exchange of thoughts between the different member states. There should be a new proposal to be developed. The glyfosaatverhaal is again continued at a following meeting.


Let us debate, to keep warm, so also Belgium no dare say to glyphosate.

In my view, continues to this dossier lasting until the end of december. Then the European Commission will the node need to be changes, otherwise, Monsanto them for the right days due to besluitloosheid. Today would four countries against votes, a good signal. Let us debate, to keep warm, so also Belgium no dare say to glyphosate.

Scientific research

About the scientific research has the last months a lot said and written. A judge in California in the US showed that Monsanto scientists manipulating results of studies to conceal or rewrite in favor of Monsanto.


A judge in California in the US showed that Monsanto scientists manipulated

Also in Europe were raised additional doubts. In July 2017 published Chris Porter, a leading member of the IARC scientific article that clearly makes the point that eight studies with a significant association between glyphosate and tumorontwikkeling in mice and rats in the EFSA assessment. That assessment seems to be so, yet not so conclusive as the EFSA seems to indicate.

Belgium: glyphosate is prohibited on the driveway, but not on our plates

Now since mid-July 2017 the glyfosaatgebruik by private persons in Flanders is forbidden, growing outrage over the use in agriculture. It is prohibited in our driveway, but not on our plate.

There you can as a consumer to do something about it: choose for bio. Whenever you have a bioproduct buy, give you the bioboer after all the signal that you healthy food you prefer, without glyphosate. This entire dossier, but in particular the Monsanto-papers have the way I look at scientific research changed.

Of course, I knew that there are a lot of studies funded by the food industry, but because there is not more outrage around this scandal, I grabbed back to my gut instinct. I don’t want a little poison in my food.

That is why I choose more aware for biovoeding, as it can directly from the bioboer. So do I, after all, more insight in the efforts that he delivers to good food for us to produce and I pay with a smile a few euros more. And therefore, I grow even more vegetables, simply themselves in my vegetable garden, pesticidevrij of course.

Guaranteed glyfosaatvrij

About bio you will hear many opinions, and therefore I raised my light on to Petra Bag of BioForum Flanders. It is clear: in the organic farming are chemical-synthetic pesticides such as glyphosate prohibited by law.


In the organic farming are chemical-synthetic pesticides such as glyphosate prohibited by law.

Organic farmers are going to work differently. They convert preventive in on weed control by investing in a healthy soil, and by a wide crop rotation. They can also be mechanical work or weed burning away.

Independent control organisations to inspect every organic farmer compliance with the standards. This also includes soil and product samples taken. Farmers who during the annual audit meet all the standards for organic crop production, will receive a certificate giving them their product as organic are allowed to sell.

As a consumer, you can be confident that organic food is produced without the use of glyphosate.

Barbara Creemers, coordinator 2020pesticidevrij at Velt.


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