Members of the European Parliament voted against the draft text for a Sustainable Use of Pesticides Regulation (SUR), following a substantial hollowing out of the draft law. This is worrying news for health.
Today, the European Commission failed to get enough support for its proposal to reauthorise the use of glyphosate, the world’s most widely used pesticide which is associated with risks of cancer and other health disorders, for another ten years. Member states’ representatives convening in the Commission’s Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (SCoPAFF) did not reach the required majority to adopt the proposal.
“The lack of majority support for the European Commission’s proposal to reauthorise glyphosate for 10 years shows that it has become politically impossible to ignore the state of the science on the substance’s health impacts”, says Natacha Cingotti, HEAL’s Health and Chemicals Programme Lead. “While we can’t undo the decades of exposure and associated health impacts that people have suffered, EU member states still have an opportunity to protect current and future generations from preventable harm by banning glyphosate as soon as possible.”
The European Commission’s proposal will now be submitted to the Appeal Committee, which is expected to discuss and potentially vote on the reauthorisation of glyphosate in the first half of November.
For a history of the glyphosate renewal process, please visit HEAL’s website.
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