‘Will Europe to its citizens to listen and glyphosate ban, or take precedence over the interests of industrial groups?’

While the European chemicals Agency considers that glyphosate is not the designation “carcinogen” deserves, a recent UN study, unmercifully for the producers: the world does not need any pesticides. For Muriel de Pauw, responsible for the landbouwcampagne at Greenpeace Belgium, it is as plain as a pikestaff: pesticides are out.

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A few months earlier than expected, the European chemicals Agency (ECHA) his light shine on glyphosate, the most widely used weed killer in the world. Despite scientific evidence, see ECHA’s no link between this substance and cancer. For whom the saga has not followed: this intervention was at the request of the European Commission, so the path would pave to a new admission by the end of 2017. Last year that failed because of the division among the states was too great. Glyphosate was exceptionally a temporary extension of 18 months.

Meanwhile, the resistance. In his new report for the human rights Council was the special rapporteur on the right to food to the UN extraordinarily hard for the industry. Voedingspecialist Hilal Elver is candid. “Pesticides have a disastrous impact on the environment, the health and the society as a whole”. The producers get the accusation that they are “systematically the adverse effects of pesticides, deny” and “aggressive and unethical marketing techniques”.


Will the European Commission to its citizens to listen and glyphosate ban, or take precedence over the financial interests of large industrial groups?

There is for them a market of almost 50 billion euros on the game. On the other side of the coin, there are each year, the 200,000 deaths from direct to pesticides linked to poisoning, we read in the report. And more than ever there’s not more on pesticides to escape: everyone is there to expose via the air, water and our food. No one knows what these chemicals will exactly do in our body.

Citizens ‘ initiative

It is precisely because they are dangerous for the health, the soil depleted and farmers dependent on the agro-industry would soon be done with certain products, such as glyphosate. In any case it is the desire of many Europeans. Almost half a million of them have a European citizens ‘ initiative, signed a sort of petition that not even two months ago was launched.

These citizens require the use of glyphosate completely be forbidden in Europe. But also that the authorisation of such harmful substances are more transparent to expire. As for their opinions based agencies such as ECHA, among other things, on unpublished studies directly financed by industry. In addition, in the opinion of independent kankerexperts of the world health organization standing tall: glyphosate is probably carcinogenic. Monsanto must with dismay how the Us state of California, the packaging of RoundUp tag with a clear warning.


Will the European Commission to its citizens to listen, or yet again just go to the financial interests of large industrial groups? Outside of this last feast almost no pesticides. The above-mentioned UN report speaks of a myth that pesticides would be necessary to feed the world. The agro-ecology proves that it is perfectly without can.

Agro-ecology is the model of agriculture where Greenpeace advocates, because the man (farmers and eaters) again a central place in the food system, and agriculture with respect for nature happens. We want the political decision-makers to take the necessary measures to this model as the starting point in the drafting of the common agricultural policy for Europe.

The European Commission has adopted the precautionary principle is already enough ammunition to be the most widely used herbicide to eliminate by the admission of glyphosate not to renew. That is, the direction that we, along with hundreds of thousands of citizens want to go out. Then we would have the glass raise: your health. And long live the nature!

Muriel de Pauw, responsible for the landbouwcampagne at Greenpeace Belgium

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