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ISDE – Call for ban of glyphosate

The International Society of Doctors for the Environment (ISDE) have published a call to the EU to ban without exceptions, glyphosate and also the four insecticides recently assessed by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the specialised cancer agency of the World Health Organization (WHO).

Already in 1991, the IARC warned about the toxicity of non-arsenical pesticides, by labelling them as ‘possibly carcinogenic to humans’. Since then, more than 20 of these compounds were added, being identified as seriously dangerous to health.

Converging sources of evidence show that chronic exposure to such insecticides and herbicides has to be considered a major source of environmental deterioration and hazardous to health. Glyphosate in particular – the most common herbicide worldwide – is now considered ‘probably carcinogenic to humans’ and listed in the IARC class 2A.

ISDE states that for safeguarding the health of European populations, the rational basis is already strong enough to submit to the EU an urgent appeal to immediately and permanently ban, with no exceptions, the production, trade and use in all the EU territory of glyphosate-based herbicides and the four insecticides assessed by IARC.

You can read the full appeal here

Last updated on 10 June 2015

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