PAN UK Supports the European Citizens’ Initiative to Ban Glyphosate
The Problem with Glyphosate
Did you know a poisonous, potentially cancer-inducing chemical could be present in your body? This is possible because our food is being sprayed with it. In fact, scientists have found traces of the hazardous chemical glyphosate in the urine of nearly 1 in 2 people tested. [1, 2]
A common pesticide, it is used on everything from food to gardens. The World Health Organisation has labelled it as “probably carcinogenic”. It is also very harmful to plant and animal life. In short, it’s a pretty damaging pesticide.
In Summer 2016, after a long campaign by hundreds of thousands of Europeans, the European Commission was unable to re-license the use of glyphosate for 15 years. Instead, they had to settle for a short 18 month renewal. This was a huge success achieved in the face of intense lobbying by the chemicals industry. But big producers of weed killers like Monsanto are still lobbying to protect their profits. Their deep pockets have been paying for “studies” and “expert” opinions to show that their product is safe.
It seems to be common-sense that cancer-inducing poison should not be sprayed on our farms, our countryside and our neighbourhoods. However, we now have the chance to make our voices heard through a European Citizens Initiative. This is a legal route that means the European Commission has to listen to us if we collect one million signatures this year.
We know what a constant use of this pesticide will mean for us, the people of Europe: sick people, dead animals, burnt grass, brown leaves, and a loss of biodiversity. Last year, we were able to block Monsanto’s plans in ways they did not expect. But it’s not over, and in 2017 they will be fighting hard to extend the current short term approval of glyphosate to 15 years. Therefore, we will be fighting even harder to stop them.
The Glyphosate Monograph
A comprehensive new review of the science documenting the adverse human health and environmental impacts of this pesticide.