|Glyphosate – A step closer to a ban in the European Union?|
On Wednesday 13th April, the European Parliament voted in favour of a motion setting out conditions for the re-authorisation of the herbicide glyphosate. The motion allows for the re-licensing of glyphosate in the EU for a period of seven years (instead of the proposed 15), but would dramatically restrict the range of uses. Whilst it would not be a complete ban, the proposal would nevertheless result in an end to the use of glyphosate in many areas (like the amenity sector) and would seriously limits its use in others - including agriculture (you can read the key details of the motion below).
The European Commission will make a final decision in late-May. There is still time to make your voice heard and let it know that you do not want glyphosate contaminating your food, streets, parks, schools and homes, by signing on to the PAN/IUF campaign here
The key points of the proposal are:
Prior to the vote PAN UK and 12 other UK organisations sent a letter to all UK MEPs asking them to support the motion. A copy of the letter can be seen here
PAN UK and other UK and EU organisations will be lobbying the Commission and others in the run up to the final decision on glyphosate which is due in late May.
The European Parliament press release on the vote can be read here